MSL Preview: Five things to look out for in Gameweek 4
A new league leader will emerge
The early bird gets the worm, and the early kick-off between Perak and Kelantan on March 6th will see a new league leader emerge. With Felda United not playing against the LionsXII until 24 hours later, the winner of this match in Ipoh will temporarily dislodge the Fighters from the top. The Bos Gaurus, of course, will get to sit at the top for a while as long as they avoid a defeat on Friday, while the Red Warriors need all three points to do so.
Watch Felda United vs LionsXII on TV1 at 8:45pm on March 7th.
Fifth loss in a row awaits the Gladiators?
Just a week after suffering a 3-0 FA Cup loss to T-Team at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium, ATM will return to the massacre scene again to face T-Team’s “big brother”, Terengganu, this time around. The pressure is on head coach B. Sathianathan to get the first win of the season for the Armed Forces, which will not be easy against the in-form Turtles boasting our Player of the Month for February 2015, who will be looking to add another assist or two to his name.
“Wait, who is the home team again?”
Likely for the first time ever, Selangor will be going to the Shah Alam Stadium – their home since 1994 – as the “away team” as they take on PDRM, who are sharing the ground with them this season. As both teams battle on the pitch to stamp their authority of the stadium, be prepared to see their fans in the stands trying to outshout and outsing each other.
Watch PDRM vs Selangor on TV9 at 8:45pm on March 7th.
A tug of war in Kuantan for a maiden win
Both Pahang and Sime Darby will be going into their clash at the Darul Makmur Stadium with great confidence after they respectively secured a morale-boosting victory in the FA Cup. Pahang knocked nemesis JDT out of the tournament on penalties, while the Giant Killers thrashed FAM League side PBAPP FC 5-1. Surely, either one of them will finally end their winless run in the league this week...
As we previously reported. JDT star Jorge Pereyra Diaz will be leaving Malaysia to continue his career in Brazil next April, but before that, he has four more games left to play for the Southern Tigers. However, only this week's match against Sarawak will be JDT's only home game in March – the other games are away at Sime Darby, Balestier Khalsa and Kitchee SC – which means that it will be the Argentine's final match at the Larkin Stadium (if he gets to play). It is rather apt that his final home opponents will be the Crocs, the team he scored the winning goal against last season to secure his team's first league title. Due to that, he should be getting a standing ovation from the JDT fans.
Watch JDT vs Sarawak on TV3 at 8:45pm on March 7th.