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March 4, 2012 8:45 PM MYT
Stadium Sultan Mohammad IV — Kota Bharu
 
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Kelantan vs Negeri Sembilan Preview: Azraai Khor's boys face an uphill battle against the Deers

The defending champions will take on misfiring Negeri Sembilan at Stadium Sultan Mohammad IV

By Tharanidaran Nadarajah

Kelantan fans, MSL
Zeng Liwei


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Kelantan

Fahmi
Daudsu, Nwaneri,
Subra, Aziz
Norfarhan, Badri, Azwan, Shakir
Norshahrul, Indra


Negeri Sembilan


Farizal
Qhairul, Mahathevan, Norhafiz, Tengku
Kunanlan, Idris, Shukor, Shahurain
Owona, Shakir


Kelantan  will take on Negeri Sembilan on Saturday at the
Stadium Sultan Mohammad IV and will be hoping to grab all three points to ensure a top stop in the league table after Terengganu matched their points total in the table following their win against Kuala Lumpur.

Negeri Sembilan are without a victory in two league matches. Despite their good start in the league they now currently languishy in seventh spot, and are five points behind the league leaders.

Kelantan are now without a manager after Peter Butler left the club by mutual consent, and will have to regroup to avoid a setback infront of their own fans.

Negeri Sembilan will have to rely on their chief strike force of 
Jean-Emmanuel Effa Owona who has been in stunning form for the club. Meanwhile, Norsharul Idlan Talaha and Indra Putra Mahayuddin should start upfront for Kelantan. Despite beating Kelantan in the Charity Shield match, Negeri Sembilan will be wary of Kelantan's defence, which has been bolstered with the inclusion of Obinna Nwanereri.

The Deers who are expected to start the match with an attacking formation, will have to overcome the physical threat that is posed by Mahathevan, and the pace of Kunanlan. But it does look optimistic for the home side to snatch a victory as they have a potent attacking force.


Negeri Sembilan
do not have much options and will probably retain the same backbone that has featured in their matches so far. Kelantan will go into this match as favourites and a win for them wouldn't be surprising.


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