FourFourTwo’s MSL preview – Round 12

Vijhay Vick looks at the Malaysia Super League (MSL) fixtures as leaders Felda United seek to enter mid-season on a high, while defending champions Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) are looking to stay on par with a double over Pahang.

We are part of The Trust Project What is it?

Selangor (3) vs Kelantan (6)

Saturday May 21 | Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium | 9pm

Last meeting: Selangor 0 Kelantan 0 (May 18, 2015; MSL)

Player to watch: Blaze Ilijoski (Kelantan)

Billed as: Zainal under scrutiny

Summary: Selangor coach Zainal Abidin Hassan may be feeling the heat after a stalemate against Kelantan on Wednesday, despite the visitors playing two-thirds of the match with 10 men.

New Kelantan coach Velizar Popov may be contented with a draw in his first match but surely he will want to start his Kota Bahru reign with a win in front of home fans at the Sultan Muhammad IV Stadium.

Wan Zack Haikal Noor is suspended for the match while Selangor are without Patrick Wleh, who collided with custodian Khairul Fahmi Che Mat last time out.

Saiful Riduwan Selamat is also set to miss out while left-back Azrif Nasrulhaq remains a doubt.

Nazmi Faiz will return to the heart of midfield while Zainal could opt for either Adam Nor Azlin or Abdul Hadi Yahya to replace Wleh.

FFT Prediction: Kelantan 2 Selangor 1

PDRM (7) vs Kedah (5)

Saturday May 21 | Shah Alam Stadium | 9pm

Last meeting: Kedah 2 PDRM 0 (May 18, 2015; MSL)

Player to watch: Carlos Kahe (Kedah)

Billed as: Kedah double attempt

Summary: Having ended their winless run against the Cops on Wednesday, Kedah will be looking to enter the mid-season break on a high.

Tan Cheng Hoe is still without Sandro da Silva Mendonca, who has returned to Brazil to treat a back injury, but Ahmad Fakri Saarani has done well in his absence. Fakri, who was given a national call-up after missing the last squad, is filling in well. The 26-year-old assisted Kahe’s second goal in their 2-0 win over PDRM last time out.

FFT Prediction: PDRM 2 Kedah 2

Felda United (1) vs Penang (12)

Saturday May 21 | Tun Abdul Razak Stadium | 9pm

Last meeting: Penang 1 Felda 2 (May 18, 2015; MSL)

Player to watch: Zah Rahan Krangar (Felda)

Billed as: Rubbing salt into the wound

Summary: The Panthers were gutted to miss out on the Malaysia Cup after falling to the bottom of the standings for the first time this season at the half-way mark, which is the Cup’s qualification point under new competition regulations.

Penang have only won one game all season – that 4-1 win over Pahang which grabbed the world’s attention – and having invested in the summer for their first season back in top flight, the Islanders are struggling to last the pace.

The Fighters on the other hand, are top of the table on goal difference after an excellent start to the season. League top scorer Francis Forkey Doe, standout youngster Hadin Azman and engine room – Krangar and Lutfulla Turaev are expected to have another fine game to steer Irfan Bakti Abu Salim’s men to another win.

FFT Prediction: Felda 3 Penang 0