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Asian Cup Qualification

  • October 15, 2013
  • • 20:45
  • • Stadium Shah Alam, Shah Alam
  • Referee: R. Sato
  • • Attendance: 6500

Nazmi Faiz is expected to start against Bahrain.

Malaysia - Bahrain Preview: Malayan Tigers look to impress on home soil

Nazmi Faiz is expected to start against Bahrain.

Muhammad Izzat Akmal

Datuk K. Rajagopal's men will be looking to secure a crucial win over Bahrain in order to salvage their dreams of qualifying for the 2015 Asia Cup.

Mahali - Amiridzwan - Fadhli - Fitri
Norshahrul - Safiq - Nazmi - Nazrin
Amri - Safee

Mohammed Jaafar
Al Hayam, Marzooqi, Abdulhameed, Omar
Salman Isa, Abdulwahab, Dhiya, Faouzi Aaish

Al Taib, Husain Ali

Malaysia are preparing to take on Bahrain in what should be an exciting Asia Cup qualification match. The Malayan Tigers have been preparing for this tie vigorously over the past few months, and expectations from fans are pretty high ahead of the game on Tuesday.

Bahrain will not be mere pushovers. They currently lead Group D with two wins out of two matches, and are determined to make it for the Asia Cup in 2015. As for Malaysia, they suffered a lost in their opening game to Qatar, but secured an unprecedented 2-1 victory against Yemen in their second match. That leaves them on third spot in the table, with all to play for.

However, they will need a favourable result against Bahrain, which makes the clash on Tuesday exhilarating. The home side should line-up in a strong 4-4-2 formation, with Norshahrul and Safee leading the line upfront. Amri Yahya should be pulling the strings in midfield, while Nazrin Nawi should line-up on the left flank.

As for their defence, Amiridzwan should start ahead of Aidil Zafuan, who has suffered a dip in form. And Amiridzwan's height should be an advantage when it comes to coping with the physically superior Bahrain players. Besides that Zairul Fitree should be given a spot at left back, while Mahali will retain his usual position at right back.

As for Bahrain, expect Husain Ali to be leading their line upfront. The powerful forward has a phenomenal scoring record, having netted 33 goals for the national team as of now. Faozi will be another key man, with the towering midfielder often playing that protective role just ahead of their defence.

This match will ultimately be won in midfield, and it will all depend as to whether Malaysia can stop the Bahrain midfield from running rampant. If the stadium is filled, then the Malayan Tigers will have an advantage. But nonetheless, it will all to play for from kick off.

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