MSL Talking Points: Trouble brewing in Penang, while Perak win without fans

Penang have gone three matches without either a win or a goal in the Malaysia Super League (MSL), a worrying sign for coach Ashley Westwood, while Perak nicked a winner in front of an empty stadium in Ipoh.

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PKNS take bragging rights in Selangor

There was a lot of talk of a rivalry building between PKNS and Selangor ahead of their encounter on Saturday after relationships strained in the pre-season.

In another blow to Selangor, it was their former strikers that tore the visitors’ defence apart

Kicked out of the Shah Alam Stadium, Selangor’s home for years, the Red Giants were hoping to make a statement against PKNS at that very stadium, which is now home to the promoted club.

PKNS had suffered defeats in their opening two matches and were determined to get things right and they would do so in some style, marching away with a 5-3 victory.

In another blow to Selangor, it was their former strikers Patrick Wleh and Safee Sali that tore the visitors’ defence apart.

Wleh bagged a hat-trick while Safee opened his scoring for the club since his move from Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT). Matias Jadue scored PKNS’ other goal.

Do you think Safee was pleased with the win?

What’s the fuss about JDT's postponed match?

Some were unhappy that JDT’s visit to Kota Bahru was postponed in order to help the Southern Tigers’ cause in the  AFC Champions League Playoff.

Reminders were pointed out about Kelantan’s packed 2013 season, when they received little help in the domestic calendar in their attempts to navigate the AFC Cup.

Yet it is the Champions League we are now talking about, where no Malaysian team had even appeared in the Playoff round prior to this year. There will be little surprise if Gamba Osaka runs circles around JDT, but at least they will give it their best shot after postponing their weekend clash.

Malaysian football stands to gain if JDT stun Gamba Osaka, as Kedah will get the AFC Cup slot currently reserved for Benjamin Mora’s men.

Will Penang hit the panic button so soon?

Penang suffered their third defeat of the season when they visited T-Team, a side ripped apart by Pahang a week earlier, and are already looking like relegation candidates.

Ashley Westwood came to Penang with high expectations and while it is still very early days, he could find himself victim of Malaysia’s impatient nature with coaches.

Surely Westwood (right) will be given more time...?

Three games is no yardstick, but tell that to Ahmad Yusoff, who lost his job within a couple of weeks of the 2016 MSL season commencing.

What’s even more worrying is the fact Penang have yet to score in 2017.