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MSL Preview: Five things to look out for in Gameweek 5

Lee Seng Foo picks five interesting tidbits about the fifth gameweek of the Malaysian Super League...

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Pahang to break their away goal duck?

Rather surprisingly, Pahang are the only Super League side left without scoring a single away goal this season – they have lost 2-0 to JDT and draw 0-0 at Sarawak in their away matches sp far. Taking on ATM this week, perhaps they will have Lady Luck smiling at them, as the Gladiators currently have the worst home record in the league – two defeats from two matches with zero goals scored while conceding four goals at the same time.

More woes for Sime Darby?

Things could get worse for Sime Darby in their home match against JDT this week. In Super League history, besides PDRM's disastrous zero-win campaign in 2009, no team has lost five opening matches in a row (Sarawak only lost four in a row in 2006-07 and 2007-08) or has failed to collect a single point after five matches into a new season. With the defending champions standing before them, Sime Darby could not have asked for a worse opponent as they look to avoid an embarrassing record.

The reunion of Bobby, Chad and Ashfaq

When PDRM visit Perak this week, we could see a mini reunion of Bobby Gonzales, Chad Souza and Ali Ashfaq on the pitch – the trio who emphatically helped PDRM secure the Malaysian Premier League title last season, combining to score 41 of the Cops’ 63 league goals. Since then, only Ashfaq has remained at the club with Chad and Bobby heading to the Silver State. For this match, Ashfaq and Chad should start for their respective teams, while Bobby might finally be given his long-awaited league start for Perak, having made the bench against Kelantan in the previous gameweek.

Home sweet home for the LionsXII?

The LionsXII will finally return to the Jalan Besar Stadium this week after playing their last three league matches around Malaysia, where they only picked up two points out of a possible nine. It will be their first league match at home since thrashing PDRM 5-3, something their opponents of the week, Terengganu, will be wary of.

Will Ferris Danial feature against Kelantan?

One of the most protracted transfer sagas of the season involved Ferris Danial, the former Harimau Muda star who was caught in a tug-of-war between Kelantan and Felda United. Ferris, who was picked by us as one of the top 10 youngsters to watch out for this season, has since been allowed to join the Fighters, but with both teams facing each other this week, have we really seen the last of that saga? Kelantan FA boss Annuar Musa has posted on his Facebook page that Ferris was allowed to go to Felda with a few conditions. So, could there be a gentlemen's agreement between the clubs that Ferris cannot play against the Red Warriors?