Malaysian and M-League coaches predict Malaysia Cup final outcome

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Goal spoke to four coaches who ply their trade in Malaysia, to get their prediction of the coming Malaysia Cup final result.


BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter


The Malaysia Cup final will be played this Saturday, with this year's edition pitting two sides that are arguably the two best sides in Malaysia this season.

Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) have captured the 2017 Super League, their fourth consecutive league title, cementing their supremacy in Malaysia.

Although their Saturday opponents Kedah only managed to finish in the fourth spot in the league, the Red Eagles were able to perform when it matters the most; having won the 2017 FA Cup. They too have proven to be able to match JDT, defeating the Southern Tigers on penalties in the first match of the season; the Sumbangsih Cup.

Goal talked to four coaches who ply their trade in the country, to learn about their predictions for the final this Saturday.

Satiananthan Bhaskaran, Felda United head coach

B. Sathianathan, Felda United, friendly, 06062017

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Satiananthan's team were one of the Malaysia Cup semi-finalists, when they were knocked out by Kedah 3-1 on aggregate.

After he was appointed by the Fighters in the middle of the season, he guided the team to a 3-1 win over JDT in their September 28 league match.

The former Malaysia head coach gave his prediction last week, when fielding questions from the media after a Football Coaches Association Of Malaysia press conference.

"If you look at the players they have, I think JDT should be the champions because they have everything. They have the best players, the best facilities and the best boss. They should win."

Ong Kim Swee, Malaysia U23 head coach

Malaysia head coach Ong Kim Swee 14/11/2016

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"I think JDT are going to win, but not with a huge margin. Probably 2-1, 3-2 at the most, and the match will be won in 90 minutes."

Mehmet Durakovic, Perak head coach

Mehmet Durakovic, Perak, 07/07/2017

Like Satiananthan, Durakovic too took over at the club in mid-season. The Bos Gaurus were also semi-finalists, losing to JDT 4-1 on aggregate.

"JDT have never won the Malaysia Cup before, while Kedah are the defending champions who have won it five times. I think this time JDT's hunger will be a deciding factor, and they will win the match with a 2-1 scoreline, in full 90 minutes."

Sulaiman Hussin, UKM FC head coach

Sulaiman Hussin, UKM FC, FAM Cup, 08102017

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Sulaiman recently guided the third-tier university side to the FAM Cup final and promotion to the Premier League.

"In my opinion, Kedah will likely win the match. They'll probably win it with a 2-1 scoreline, in 90 minutes. The pressure is on JDT because they've never won the Malaysia Cup, although they have players who are already used to playing in final matches. Kedah comprise most of the same players who won the cup last year, and they are currently on-form.

"Where Kedah will get JDT is their defence. It has been a little porous since Marcos Antonio got injured, although JDT's attacking is top-notch. Kedah may exploit the gaps left when JDT push up when attacking, with their brand of patient, possession football."

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