Kelantan will look to bounce back from two consecutive defeats against the in-form Southern Tigers
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With no wins in their last three games, Kelantan will look at the clash against JDT as a potential morale booster, especially if they can emerge victorious in front of their passionate home fans. It has not been a smooth ride for the Red Warriors after only picking up one point from a possible six in their last two games in the Super League, and the tight schedule that they have is not helping them.
Their last two home games did not end well, firstly they had to dig deep to draw with fellow east-coast team Pahang, and then they suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hand of Vietnam's Vissai Ninh Binh in the AFC Cup. They also tasted defeat in their last game as they lost to Selangor 1-0 courtesy of Paulo Rangel's penalty.
Steve Darby needs to ensure that all departments of the team must be at the top of their game, especially both defensive lines and attacking lines. At the back, Obinna and other defenders must step up their game to protect Khairul Fahmi more, and the addition of Fitri Omar in the team may help them to do just that. In attack, Forkey Doe missed a penalty kick and Fakri Saarani missed a few clear cut chances against Selangor last time out, and they surely need to improve if they want to score against JDT.
For the visiting team, after a slow start to the season, JDT have finally hit form with four wins in their past six games. However, the draw against ATM and loss to Terengganu will have given Jimenez something to think about, with the reality that they cannot afford a defeat against the Red Warriors.
In midfield, Shakir Shaari and Harriss Harun have shown themselves to be a formidable combination, and their services are expected to be required once again against Badhri Radzi and Mohamed Shawky. Upfront, Safee Sali came off the bench and scored the equalising goal against ATM, but he expected to start from the bench once again as Jimenez is expected to prefer with Norshahrul Idlan and Luciano as strikers. At the back, Baihakki will not play as he was shown red card last time out, therefore Fadhli Shas will be the man to try and stop Forkey and Fakri.
Their poor away record may already be a concern for Jimenez, as they have only recorded one victory and already lost three games away from home this season. What better way to improve this record than collecting all three points against the mighty Red Warriors at Kota Bharu?