MSL Preview: Five things to look out for in Gameweek 8
"Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master…"
ATM's recent announcement to 'rest' coach B. Sathianathan has been the talk of all Malaysian football fans over the past few days and the new man in the hot seat is Shahrin Majid, an ex-footballer and Sathia's assistant for the past four seasons at the Gladiators. As they face Sarawak this week, can Shahrin do what the former national coach can't, and lead ATM? Will he also end their poor form of five defeats in seven games?
The return of the prodigal son?
Following his move from ATM to Terengganu last week, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha is finally expected to make his debut for the Turtles. His form for club and country has been floundering to say the least, which led to him leaving JDT for the Gladiators before opting to return to his home state. Will the Besut lad rediscover his goal-scoring touch with the Turtles? With third-placed Terengganu hosting second-placed Felda Untied, there’s no better time to make his mark as a win will lift them above the Fighters and possibly into top spot.
“Reinforcement is on its way…”
With seven league games played and only two wins to their name, Kelantan have been far from their best, so much so that captain Badhri Radzi has come out publicly and apologised to the fans for the team's recent results. But with two new import strikers joining their ranks, Austin Amutu, who has represented Nigeria Under-23 and Gilma Jose Dis Santos Filho from Brazil, the Red Warriors are getting serious and more than ready to make changes to the squad as they look to get back to winning ways. However, it remains to be seen if they can do that against JDT, who have never been suffered a league defeat at the Larkin Stadium since its rebranding.
Selangor to slay the Lions?
The Selangor-Singapore rivalry, which has always been a feisty affair, will be renewed this week as the Red Giants host the LionsXII at the Shah Alam Stadium and look to extend their hold at the top of the Super League. The Singaporean side, meanwhile, might struggle to keep up with their opponents of the week, as they have only won one league match since thrashing PDRM 5-3 on the opening day of the season – at home.
"Revenge is best served cold"
PDRM, who must still be licking their wounds over the narrow defeat against Felda United last week, will want to make things right again as they face bottom side Sime Darby, who have yet to register a league victory so far. And with the Giant Killers having recently got the better of them in the FA Cup, beating them 4-2, the Cops will definitely have more impetus to perform this weekend.