Malaysia Cup permutations: Who needs what to progress?

It's really tight at the top of all four Malaysia Cup groups, with five quarter-final berths still up for grabs. Vijhay Vick does the math, so you don't have to...

We are part of The Trust Project What is it?

Only three teams – Selangor, Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) and Pahang – have qualified for the last eight, with three of the four groups concluding on Wednesday. Group B won't finish until November 21 because of weather conditions and JDT’s AFC Cup commitments, although it could also be determined on Wednesday depending on results. FourFourTwo looks at what results are needed for the teams still in the running.


  • LionsXII

Getting an away draw in their final match against Terengganu will seal top spot in the group. The Singaporean side has 10 points, three more than either Kedah or Terengganu.

LionsXII will also qualify if they lose by a single goal. Anything more and LionsXII must hope Kedah do not collect maximum points against JDT II in Pasir Gudang. A two-goal loss will leave LionsXII tied with Terengganu on 10 points and level on goal difference, but the Turtles would have more goals. LionsXII’s fate will then depend on whether Kedah collect three points.

  • Kedah

Tan Cheng Hoe’s side will progress if it collects three points, regardless of what happens in the other match. Kedah have a superior goal difference (plus-four) and will come out on top should they find themselves level on points with LionsXII or Terengganu.

Kedah can still qualify if they lose or draw, but that would only happen if Terengganu do not collect more points. Kedah will lose their goal difference advantage if they lose to JDT II by more than three goals.

LionsXII have their sights set on top spot in Group A

  • Terengganu

The Turtles have a goal difference of minus-three, meaning they need a two-goal win to be certain of qualification. A one-goal triumph leaves Terengganu banking on JDT II preventing a Kedah victory.

Terengganu will also qualify if they get a point and Kedah loses. Issey Nakajima-Farran and company will bow out of the competition if they suffer defeat.

  • JDT II

There isn't much hope for this southern-based side, although they do still have a tiny chance of progressing.

The Malaysia Premier League (MPL) team must defeat Kedah with a minimum four-goal margin and hope LionsXII defeats Terengganu. Anything else and they will be sent packing.