The FourFourTwo Preview: MSL Gameweek 15
LionsXII's form: WLDWW | Perak's form: WWWDW
Last meeting: Perak 2-2 LionsXII (Feb 2015)
Following a convincing 3-0 win over Kelantan last Saturday, which extended their unbeaten home run in the league, the LionsXII will be facing their biggest test in weeks in the form of Perak. Some might say it’s a 50-50 game, but is it really the case? Putting their big win over PDRM on the opening day aside, the Lions’ other league victories so far have come against teams currently in the bottom half of the table. Similarly, on their road to the FA Cup triumph, they beat Terengganu (eighth), Kelantan (10th) and teams from the Malaysian Premier League. On the other hand, the Bos Gaurus are in the form of their lives as they currently sit pretty in third in the league table and have the best away record this season, winning 13 points out of a possible 18. Oh, and the last team to hand the LionsXII a league defeat at the Jalan Besar Stadium? It was Perak, who secured a 2-0 victory back in June 2014. Will history repeat itself on Wednesday?
Pahang vs Sarawak
Pahang's form: WDWWW | Sarawak's form: LLLDW
Last meeting: Sarawak 0-0 Pahang (Feb 2015)
Having been unbeaten in the league since April 3rd, league leaders Pahang are not expected to face too much trouble against Sarawak, and that’s backed up by our statistics. The Crocs currently have the worst away record in the league, while the Elephants have the second-best home record in the league. On top of that, in their last five meetings with Pahang in all competitions, Sarawak have not even manage to win once.
Sime Darby vs Terengganu
Sime Darby's form: DLDLD | Terengganu's form: WLLLL
Last meeting: Terengganu 2-1 Sime Darby (Feb 2015)
Last week was a good week for both Terengganu and Sime Darby. The former snapped their losing streak of six league matches, while the latter got their fourth point of the season, ensuring that they would not go down in Malaysian Super League history for accumulating the joint-lowest points total (three points, which was “achieved” by PDRM in 2009). However, both sides are still flirting dangerously with relegation. With the league heading into another short break following this gameweek, it is imperative for either side to keep the momentum going for the sake of team morale.
ATM vs Felda United
ATM's form: LDLWD | Felda's form: DWLDL
Last meeting: Felda 2-1 ATM (Feb 2015)
Felda United, who have picked up more wins on the road than at their own ground in Selayang, will be heading to the Tuanku Abdul Rahman Stadium in hopes of grabbing all three points on offer against ATM, which will be enough for them to temporarily overtake Selangor in the league table. As for the Gladiators, a draw can potentially get them out of the relegation zone if PDRM defeat Kelantan.
PDRM vs Kelantan
PDRM's form: LWLLL | Kelantan's form: LDLWL
Last meeting: Kelantan 0-4 PDRM (Feb 2015)
Could it get any worse for Kelantan this week? After the resignation of Azraai Khor Abdullah as their head coach, they will face PDRM with a severely depleted squad. Besides losing Ahmad Fakri Saarani, Zairul Fitree Ishak and Badhri Radzi to injuries, they will not be able to call upon Nor Farhan Muhammad, Nik Shahrul Azim Abdul Halim and Farisham Ismail due to suspension. Assistant coach Zahasmi Ismail, who has temporarily taken the helm, will be hoping Azman Adnan’s men – who have only failed to score once in the league this season – have an off-day.
Johor Darul Ta'zim vs Selangor
JDT's form: WDWWW | Selangor's form: LWWDL
Last meeting: Selangor 1-1 JDT (Feb 2015)
This gameweek’s most exciting match has been unfortunately postponed to the following Monday (July 13th) due to the Southern Tigers’ friendly match with Borussia Dortmund. A win for Selangor will place them among the title-chasing pack again, but JDT will be favourites to come out on top due to their superior home record – they have won all of their home league matches so far. Besides that, the Crown Prince of Johor’s team also have the psychological advantage, as the Red Giants have only won once in their last five league meetings.