Pahang - Johor Darul Takzim Preview: Southern Tigers want to seal a spot in the final
With a one-goal advantage over the home side, JDT look set to book their ticket to the final while needing only a draw against the brave Elephants
By Nik Afiq
Jalaluddin - Stewart - Razman - Shahrizan
Surendran - Amirul Zainal - Faizol - Gopinathan
Ramli - Aidil - Kamarul (C) - Nazri
Ezrie - Jamaluddin - Andrezinho - Roya
Norshahrul - Nunez
Fandi Ahmad will go into the second leg with a commanding spirit, but with a cautious mind as the last time they visited Kuantan, they lost 3-2 to Pahang despite leading having a two-goal lead. However, if they can keep their momentum from the first leg, it should be a breeze for the Southern Tigers.
Fandi should know that going into Pahang with a defensive mentality would be a mistake and they will look to score more goals, especially with their strikers in fine form. Norshahrul Idlan was influential for JDT this season and in the first leg, it was his ball to Leonel Nunez that resulted in the goal. The form of Safee Sali and Nurul Azwan Roya, coupled with the world class finishing from Nunez would see Fandi having no problem upfront.
At the back, Kamarul Afiq is growing steadily in the heart of the defence, but he has to be worried as Pahang striker, Matias Conti, was constantly able to evade his markers to threaten JDT’s goal in the first leg.
For the Elephants, they will definitely use the home advantage in this leg to build on their chances to make it to the final. They were poor in the first half at Larkin but they played better in the second. And if they can maintain their tenacity, it’s only a matter of time before they can score goals in front of their fans.
Despite being poor on the final touch, Conti was excellent upfront, using his physical presence well to give JDT’s defence all sorts of trouble. The services of Azamuddin Akil and R. Gopinathan would be vital if they were to get anything from this match. Dollah Salleh may also opt to field Fauzi Roslan, the local hero who scored two goals in their 3-2 win over JDT in their first Super League clash of the season.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Johor Darul Takzim lost to Pahang in their last visit to Kuantan despite leading 2-0 in the game.
- Johor have needed penalties to get through the last two rounds before emerging victorious against Kedah and Selangor respectively.
- Pahang could set an all-east coast final if they make it into the final of the FA Cup.
- Pahang knocked out JDT's neighbours, Johor FA, in the opening round by beating them 3-2.
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|Malaysia FA Cup (FA)||Jun 1, 2013||Pahang FA 2 - Johor Darul Takzim 1|
|Malaysia FA Cup (FA)||May 25, 2013||Johor Darul Takzim 1 - Pahang FA 0|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Apr 19, 2013||Johor Darul Takzim 1 - Pahang FA 0|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Jan 8, 2013||Pahang FA 3 - Johor Darul Takzim 2|
|Nov 4, 2013||Kelantan FA 0 - Pahang FA 1||MC|
|Oct 26, 2013||Sarawak FA 1 - Pahang FA 1||MC|
|Oct 19, 2013||Pahang FA 3 - Sarawak FA 1||MC|
|Oct 4, 2013||PKNS FC 1 - Pahang FA 2||MC|
|Sep 27, 2013||Pahang FA 3 - PKNS FC 2||MC|
|1||Mohd Khairul Mohd Khalid||Goalkeeper|
|13||Mohd Razman Bin Roslan||Defender|
|2||Jalalludin bin Abu Jaafar||Defender|
|20||Mohd Shahrizan bin Mohd Salleh||Midfielder|
|21||Mohd Hafiz bin Kamal||Striker|
|12||Azammuddin bin Mohd Akil||Striker|
|22||Mohd Rosfaizul Azuar bin Ali||Goalkeeper|
|3||Mohd Saiful Nizam bin Miswan||Defender|
|8||Azidan bin Sarudin||Midfielder|
|10||Abdul Malik bin Mat Ariff||Midfielder|
|14||Mohd Faisal Mohd Rosli||Defender|
|18||Muhammad Syawal bin Norsam||Defender|
|-||M. Nazri Ahmad||Defender|
|7||Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak||Defender|
|2||Muhd Irfan bin Abdul Ghani||Defender|
|-||Mohd Nurul Azwan bin Roya||Midfielder|
|-||Ahmad Ezrie Shafizi Sazali||Midfielder|
|11||Leonel Jorge Núñez||Striker|
|1||Muhammad Zamir bin Selamat||Goalkeeper|
|5||Ahmad Tharmini bin Saiban||Defender|
|6||Mohd Redzuan bin Nawi||Midfielder|
|14||Mohd Safee Sali||Striker|