Selangor - ATM Preview: Both teams eager for an improved FA Cup campaign
Both teams will be looking to improve upon disappointing 2012 FA Cup campaigns in which neither outfit progressed further than the last sixteen
By Mark Dawson
Mahali- Nasriq - Asrauddin - Aizuddin
Wan Hussain- Veenod - Jusoh - Raimi
Amri - Forkey Doe
K. Reuben- Rashid - Aizuddin - Fitri
Fainizam- Adan - Rezal - Elphi
Martelotto - James
Five time FA Cup winners Selangor will be desperate for progression in the first round of the competition, as they seek to end their trophy drought that stretches back two years. However in order to book a clash with either Sabah or Felda United in the next round, they must first get past the in-form ATM, in a tough match that neither club will be particularly excited about.
Selangor head coach Irfan Bakti placed pressure on himself at the beginning of the season by claiming that he was optimistic that his team would win at least one trophy this coming season. That trophy could yet be the Super League, as the Red Giants currently sit in third place, but fans may view this knock-out trophy as an easier chance to pick up silverware. Now that star striker Francis Forkey Doe has opened his account for the season with a wonder goal at Perak, expect him to be in confident mood.
ATM manager B. Sathianathan may well be under less pressure, after all his team have already lifted a trophy this year after their Charity Shield victory over Kelantan. However with this being their seventh match this month, fatigue is beginning to take its toll with Amirizdwan Taj and Irwan Fadzli both doubtful. With or without fatigue, expect ATM to go all out to try and better their record in this competition where they were eliminated in round one last year.
The match will be played at the Shah Alam Stadium and kicks off at 8:45pm.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- The cup winner of the 2013 edition will qualify for the 2014 AFC Cup.
The 2013 FA Cup contains teams from Malaysia, Singapore (LionsXII) and Cambodia (Preah Khan Reach).
This match will be a single match, only quarter finals and semi finals are to be played over two legs.
Last year the Red Giants crashed out to Johor Darul Takzim on penalties in the Round of 16
Last year ATM slumped to a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Perak in the first round
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Top 3 Predictions
Selangor 3-2 ATM FA
- 13.04 %
Selangor 1-0 ATM FA
- 13.04 %
Selangor 2-1 ATM FA
- 13.04 %
|Malaysia Cup (MC)||Sep 17, 2013||ATM FA 1 - Selangor 1|
|Malaysia Cup (MC)||Aug 24, 2013||Selangor 2 - ATM FA 3|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Jun 21, 2013||Selangor 2 - ATM FA 1|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Feb 19, 2013||ATM FA 2 - Selangor 0|
|Malaysia FA Cup (FA)||Jan 25, 2013||Selangor 2 - ATM FA 2|
|Feb 25, 2014||Selangor 1 - FC Arema Indonesia 1||AFCC|
|Feb 15, 2014||Johor Darul Ta'zim 4 - Selangor 1||MSL|
|Feb 8, 2014||Sime Darby FC 1 - Selangor 2||MSL|
|Feb 4, 2014||Selangor 0 - Sarawak 1||FA|
|Jan 28, 2014||Selangor 1 - Pahang FA 0||MSL|