Johor Darul Takzim - Kelantan Preview: Southern Tigers take on the Champions in the hunt for league title
Johor Darul Takzim will host Kelantan in what is set to be a highly-competitive match between two one-time title contenders who seem to have lost their way
By Nik Afiq
Mansor - Aidil - Kamarul (c) - Farid
Ezrie - Safiq - Andre - Thanaraj
Norshahrul - Nunez
Azizi - Nik Shahrul - Obinna - Zairul
Haris - Badhri (c) - Shakir - Fakri
Indra - Nwakaeme
Fandi Ahmad will be relishing his chances against a tired Kelantan when they host the champions at home this Wednesday. After heavy defeats against Perak and ATM, JDT have returned to winning ways after defeating PKNS FC 3-1 at home before defeating T-Team 2-1 at Terengganu in their last match.
With their impressive home form (unbeaten so far), their star strikers, Safee Sali, Leonel Nunez and Norshahrul will be looking to grab all three points and close the gap with league leaders LionsXII. Norshahrul's form has been nothing but mesmerizing in the last few games, especially in the game against PKNS and the fit-again Safee Sali is also returning to his best after scoring against T-Team.
Zamir could feature between the posts after Al-Hafiz was subtituted in the match against T-Team while Kamarul Afiq is really making the centreback role his own now after showing consistent performances.
For Kelantan, their AFC Cup exit was still hard to take and their tiredness is really tearing them apart after they narrowly snatched a draw at home against Selangor in their last game.
Dickson Nwakaeme was having difficulties duplicating his goal-scoring form and The Red Warriors will once again rely on their skipper Badhri Radzi to dominate the midfield in overcoming JDT. At the back, Obinna Nwaneri was influential in stopping Forkey Doe against Selangor and Bojan Hodak will look to rely on his partnership with Nik Shahrul to stop JDT's attacking trio if they wish to come away with any points in this game.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- If Johor Darul Takzim win this game, they will cut the LionsXII's lead to just one point and leapfrog ATM.
- JDT have yet to lose at home - a record they share with Selangor and LionsXII.
- Kelantan are currently in sixth place, 11 poinst behind the league leaders.
- Their away form has been poor this season - only two wins and four losses so far this season.
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Top 3 Predictions
Johor Darul Takzim 2-1 Kelantan FA
- 15.39 %
Johor Darul Takzim 1-2 Kelantan FA
- 13.02 %
Johor Darul Takzim 0-2 Kelantan FA
- 8.28 %
|Malaysia Cup (MC)||Oct 5, 2013||Kelantan FA 6 - Johor Darul Takzim 1|
|Malaysia Cup (MC)||Sep 28, 2013||Johor Darul Takzim 4 - Kelantan FA 2|
|Malaysia FA Cup (FA)||Jun 29, 2013||Kelantan FA 1 - Johor Darul Takzim 0|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||May 22, 2013||Johor Darul Takzim 2 - Kelantan FA 0|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Jan 15, 2013||Kelantan FA 1 - Johor Darul Takzim 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|
|-||M. Nazri Ahmad||Defender|
|7||Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak||Defender|
|-||Mohd Farid bin Ramli||Defender|
|-||Mohd Nurul Azwan bin Roya||Midfielder|
|14||Mohd Safee Sali||Striker|
|11||Leonel Jorge Núñez||Striker|
|1||Muhammad Zamir bin Selamat||Goalkeeper|
|2||Muhd Irfan bin Abdul Ghani||Defender|
|16||Muhamad Tuah Iskandar bin Jamaluddin||Defender|
|5||Ahmad Tharmini bin Saiban||Defender|
|6||Mohd Redzuan bin Nawi||Midfielder|
|-||Ahmad Ezrie Shafizi Sazali||Midfielder|
|19||Khairul Fahmi bin Che Mat||Goalkeeper|
|15||Mohd Daudsu Jamaludin||Defender|
|2||Azizi bin Matt Rose||Defender|
|24||Zairul Fitree bin Ishak||Midfielder|
|20||Ahmad Fakri Saarani||Striker|
|8||Mohd Shakir bin Shaari||Midfielder|
|7||Zairo Anuar Zalani||Midfielder|
|13||Mohd Faiz bin Subri||Striker|
|-||Indra Putra bin Mahayuddin||Striker|
|14||Mohamad Zamri bin Ramli||Defender|
|16||Mohd Badhri bin Mohd Radzi||Midfielder|
|17||Mohd Rizal Fahmi Rosid||Midfielder|
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