Johor Darul Takzim - Perak FA Preview: Seladangs face an uphill task against Southern Tigers
Fandi Ahmad's men will be expected to bounce back from their opening round defeat to Pahang, by seizing maximum point against Perak FA
By Keeshaanan Sundaresan
JOHOR DARUL TAKZIM
Tharmini - Aidil - Muslim - Azmi
Azwan - Safiq (c) - Del Nero
Safee - Guiza
Hisy'amuddin - Shahrom - Rafael - Syazwan
Rafiuddin - Sivakumar - Nazri - Yong
Azlan - Hadi
Johor Darul Takzim will be keen to bounce back, especially with the pressure to deliver being heaped on Fandi Ahmad. And once again, they will be looking to use Guiza as they key man here. The Spanish star played an influential role in their two goals against Pahang and will look to be decisive again in Larkin.
Safee Sali is expected to be given a start this time around, partnering Guiza in attack while Norshahrul could be pulled back slightly down to play in that hole behind the front two. Safiq Rahim should start in centre midfield, with Aidil and Muslim leading their defence.
As for the Seladangs, they are still missing several key players like Chanturu and Shahrulnizam, who are still expected to be out of this one through injury. Once again, Azraai Khor is expected to start Yong Kuong Yong and Rafiuddin on the left and right flanks rspectively, while Hadi Yahya will be retained upfront. Azlan Ismail could be given a starting berth ahead of Failee, who failed to impress against T-Team.
Rafael Novais and Shahrom Kalam will continue to lead their defence at the back, while M. Sivakumar is likely to be partnered alongside Nazri Kamal in midfield.
The match is scheduled to kick off in the Larkin Stadium at 8.45 p.m.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Perak are expected to play their first five matches in Lumut before the stadium in Ipoh is re-opened.
- The Seladangs have national team goalkeeper Farizal Marlias within their ranks
Azraai Khor, who constantly wears pink shirts during matchdays, already has one with Perak logo in it
- Johor Darul Takzim have the two best forwards in Malaysia, Safee Sali, Norshahrul, within their ranks
- Star striker Dani Guiza has previously won the Pichichi award (Top Scorers award) in 2008.
- Their head coach, Fandi Ahmad, is regarded as the best Singapore player in their history
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Top 3 Predictions
Johor Darul Takzim 0-2 Perak FA
- 12.37 %
Johor Darul Takzim 3-0 Perak FA
- 11.34 %
Johor Darul Takzim 3-1 Perak FA
- 9.28 %
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Apr 27, 2013||Perak FA 3 - Johor Darul Takzim 0|
|Malaysia FA Cup (FA)||Jan 25, 2013||Johor Darul Takzim 1 - Perak FA 0|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Jan 11, 2013||Johor Darul Takzim 1 - Perak FA 0|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Jun 16, 2012||Perak FA 2 - Johor Darul Takzim 1|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Jan 21, 2012||Johor Darul Takzim 0 - Perak FA 1|
|Johor Darul Takzim|
|Oct 5, 2013||Kelantan FA 6 - Johor Darul Takzim 1||MC|
|Sep 28, 2013||Johor Darul Takzim 4 - Kelantan FA 2||MC|
|Sep 21, 2013||Johor Darul Takzim 0 - PKNS FC 2||MC|
|Sep 17, 2013||Felda United 2 - Johor Darul Takzim 5||MC|
|Aug 31, 2013||Johor Darul Takzim 1 - T-Team FC 2||MC|
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