Johor will be eager to put pressure on league leaders Selangor as the Super League reaches an exciting conclusion
BY MARK DAWSON
JOHOR DARUL TA'ZIM
Daudsu - Fadhli - Marcos - Omar
Diaz - Safiq - Amirul - Shakir
Mazlizam - Bikana - Zainal - Azmi
Nordin - Mamat - Zairo - Shamsuddin
Dabo - Estupinan
Johor Darul Ta’zim, currently on a fine run of form with just one loss in their last 13 game in all competitions, will be looking to make up further ground on league leaders Selangor with a victory over third place Terengganu this evening. JDT have won their last three league matches and impressively swatted aside Sime Darby on Tuesday evening to ensure they remain two points behind top spot.
As an attacking force JDT have found their groove lately, with Amri Yahyah, Asraruruddin Putra Omar and Jorge Pereyra Diaz netting against Sime Darby, and Luciano Gabriel Figueroa looking as dangerous as ever. However Hodak has assured fans that despite their recent form, JDT will not take their opposition lightly stressing that their opponents will be “eager to make up for the disappointment (of defeat) and that he wants his players to be “positive and have high character to avoid defeat.” Defender S Subramaniam is the sole injury concern that the Southern Tigers have heading into this evenings match.
As for Terengganu, they now know that they need to gain positive results if they are to stand any chance of keeping their slim Malaysia Super League (MSL) title hopes alive. The 1-4 home defeat to 10 man Selangor was a crushing blow to the Turtles, who had a full 45 minutes to make their numerical advantage count, but instead managed to ship a further three goals.
Following the match, head coach of Terengganu Abdul Rahman, put the blame squarely on his players, accusing them of lacking discipline and professionalism. Now six points off leaders Selangor with only four games remaining, their chances of picking up the coveted MSL trophy is now slim with Rahman commenting “it will be hard for us to keep challenging for the number one spot from now on”, however a good result at Larkin could well do significant damage to JDT’s title push.
In team news, it remains to be seen whether Rahman persists with the twin threat of import strikers Moustapha Dabo and Javier Estupiñán as he did against Selangor, or whether he will see the need to boost his midfield by starting Australian Mario Karlović. Against the dangerous Southern Tigers, don’t expect too many changes to what has been a settled Turtles side this season, as Rahman will look to his established group of players for a reaction to their midweek defeat.