New Radiant - Selangor Preview: Red Giants expecting a tough trip to the Maldives
Selangor are set for a tough trip against New Radiant of Maldives in their quest for a quarter-final berth in the AFC Cup
By Nik Afiq
Abdulla- Nkurumeh - Sylla - Rillwan
Sifan - Umar - Niyas - Umair
Ashfaq - Fasir
Mahali - Nazriq - Griffiths - Asraruddin (c)
Soley - Veenod - Gurusamy - Kunanlan
Forkey - Amri
If recent history is anything to go by, the fixture between New Radiant of the Maldives and Selangor of Malaysia is set to end in a home victory. Radiant were extremely impressive in their Group F fixtures at the Rasmee Dhandu Stadium, winning their three games by an aggregate score of 10-2. The Maldivian outfit came away as group winners, topping Group F ahead of Yangon United, Sun Hei and Bojonegoro, ahead of Yangon United with goal difference.
In their group stage, their only defeat came in the away match at Yangon United, but other than that, New Radiant were nothing short of excellent on the pitch. They registered five wins and scored 20 goals along the way, something that should have Irfan Bakti worried. Selangor will need to be at their best defensively to keep out forward Ali Ashfaq who has eight goals in the competition so far, including two hat-tricks. Also a threat will be Mohamed Umair who has six goals, and Ali Fasir who has three.
For the Red Giants, their quest in the group stage was somewhat different from New Radiant. Finishing second behind East Bengal, they only collected eight points from a possible 18, making it into the next round only by their superior head to head record.
A failure to secure any wins in their first three matches had got their fans worried, but they managed to stay unbeaten in their last three group games, including a rare away success in the 3-2 win against Tampines Rovers in their final group game. While Selangor's away record hasn't been particularly impressive this season, both domestically and internationally, the attacking trio of Michal Kubala, Francis Forkey Doe and Amri Yahyah gives hope to the Red Giants faithful that they can continue their journey in this season's AFC Cup.
Irfan will hope that Norazlan Razali will be at his best to keep out the immense fire power of Ashfaq and Umair from New Radiant and they will be hoping that fit-again Forkey Doe will find his goal-scoring touch again to lead the line in attack.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
New Radiant scored 20 goals in five matches in the group stage, failed to score on only one occasion in the loss at Yangon United.
They finished top of their group with 15 points, the same as Yangon United but only separated by their massive goal difference of plus 16.
- New Radiant are top of their league with a perfect record of six wins out of six.
Selangor have lost two of their three away fixtures so far, at East Bengal and Sài Gòn Xuân Thành.
They finished second in their group and went through the next round based on their head-to-head record with Sài Gòn Xuân Thành.
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|4||Asraruddin Putra Omar||Defender|
|7||Adib Aizuddin bin Abdul Latif||Striker|
|10||Francis Forkey Doe||Striker|
|-||Solehin Kanasian Abdullah||Midfielder|
|6||Abdul Shukur Jusoh||Midfielder|