Analysis

Malaysia Cup 2015 Group A: Hungry tigers, bad travellers and nervous fans

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Kedah

What happened in the league?
They will be back in the big boys’ league next year after securing the Premier League title, Kedah’s fourth in Malaysia’s second tier. They exerted their superiority and dominance in the league with only two defeats. The Canaries weren’t just flapping their wings; they were practically equipped with jet-propulsion.

Did anything go wrong?
This might count as mere nit picking, but out of the 12 wins this season, only four were by more than single-goal margins. We can't imagine fans were too comfortable in their seats for most of those games, an unwanted mixture of relief and tension while waiting for the 90 minutes to be up.

Kedah were crowned Malaysia Premier League champions this season

What went right?
Like Azraai Khor before him, Tan Cheng Hoe is also going with the matra that “youth is the best policy”. With 65 per cent of his squad under the age of 26, there’s a real sense of optimism surrounding the team and its true potential.

Player to watch
None other than Baddrol Bakhtiar. The ambidextrous midfielder can shoot with either foot and has an eye for the killer pass.

Prediction
To nick second spot in the group ahead of LionsXII.