MSL Preview: Five things to look out for in Gameweek 3
Second defeat in a row for JDT at the Shah Alam Stadium?
After playing on the road for their first two matches of the season, Selangor will return home to face Johor Darul Ta’zim. It is perhaps the best time for the Red Giants to face the defending league champions, who are on a two-match losing streak in all competitions, in which one of them was actually at the Shah Alam Stadium where they lost 1-0 to PDRM. Besides being a meeting between last season’s top two, the match will likely to be a heated affair, after Selangor refused to bring forward the match to Friday, which partly contributed to the Crown Prince of Johor’s decision to quit his role at the Football Association of Malaysia.
Pahang's misery to continue at Sarawak?
With their matches against last season's top two out of the way, Pahang should be looking to pick up their first win of the season this week as their relatively easy run of games begins. However, with the AFC Cup kicking off in just a few days' time, their players might be distracted by it, something which Sarawak, who have surprised everyone by sitting in the top half of the league table, will be aiming to capitalise on.
A gathering of nearly men in Ipoh
M. Karathu’s boys are another surprise package of the season, convincingly recording two wins and two clean sheets so far, while their Singapore counterpart slayed PDRM 5-3 in their season opener before being brought back to earth against in-form Kelantan (who will be hosting PDRM this week, by the way). With the majority of both teams being made up of exciting players aged 25 and below, it should be an open game.
ATM’s return to the Selayang Stadium
Having played at the Selayang Stadium in the past two years, B. Sathianathan and his men will be looking forward to bounce back from their sloppy start to the season against Felda United at their former ground, especially after their two last ‘home’ games at the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in Negeri Sembilan yielded two defeats and zero goals. Could it be a case of home sweet home for the Armed Forces this week?
"What, you again, Rangel?"
Terengganu are not exactly the team that Sime Darby would want to face now, especially as the East Coast side is now boasting former Selangor hitman Paulo Rangel, who scored four goals in four matches against them last season. After failing to contain the goals from leaking in so far, expect head coach Ismail Zakaria to make some major adjustments to his approach and a few personal changes in his starting XI as they travel to Kuala Terengganu.