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  • June 17, 2014
  • • 20:45
  • • Stadium Sultan Mohammad IV, Kota Bharu
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Kelantan - Selangor Preview: Desperate times for Red Giants

Kelantan - Selangor Preview: Desperate times for Red Giants

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Selangor have gone from being the hunted to the hunters at the top of the table, and they are now in dire need of maximum points to keep their title hopes alive


GOALBY    MARK DAWSON


  PROBABLE LINEUPS
KELANTAN

Khairul Fahmi
Farisham - Fitri Omar - Nik Shahrul
Fakri - Izuan - Radzi (c) - Shawky - Wan Zaharulnizam
Forkey - Gan


SELANGOR

                                   
Farizal
Azmi - Pantelidis - Shahrom (c) - Rizal
Kunanlan - Nazmi - Shukor - Veenod
Andik
Bakri

Kelantan will go into tonight’s game without their head coach George Boateng, who has returned to England to settle matters regarding his coaching certificate.  Boateng will be temporarily replaced by coach Hashim Mustapha who will be hopeful that he can bring some enjoyment to an inconsistent Kelantan outfit.  The Red Warriors have won three, and lost three of their last six Super League matches, and they face a tough battle to finish within the top four with difficult games against Johor Darul Ta’zim and Terengganu still to come.

Kelantan, who fell to a 1-0 defeat at Pahang in their last fixture, are currently only two points above Sarawak, and level on points with Sime Darby FC, an unexpected position for a team who were expected to challenge for the league title this year.  Import striker Prince Tagoe has yet to make a significant impact at the club, with his latest 30 minute substitute appearance against Pahang failing to change this. All eyes will be on him if he does feature against Selangor, with time running out for him to justify his star billing in this league campaign.

As for Selangor, they too have form worries, with two defeats in the last three after a long unbeaten run, which is threatening to spoil their season. Without suspended star striker Paulo Rangel they looked toothless against ATM, with replacement Afiq Azmi failing to impress and hauled off midway through the second half. Head coach Mehmet Durakovic has indicated that he will look to make changes to his misfiring attack, with Hazwan Bakri and Thamil Arasu pushing for starts.

Durakovic has issued a rallying cry to his troops ahead of the game at Kota Bharu, declaring “we will not give up until the last game. We want victory in the remaining three matches." It is widely expected that Australian Steve Pantelidis and midfielder Shukor Jusoh will come back into the team as Selangor look to get back to winning ways and put pressure on JDT.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Kelantan

Selangor

Wins
3
0
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Persatuan Bola Sepak Kelantan KEL
Persatuan Bola Sepak Kelantan Kelantan
Draw
Persatuan Bolasepak Selangor SEL
Persatuan Bolasepak Selangor Selangor
52%
41%

Top 3 Predictions

Persatuan Bola Sepak Kelantan KEL
2 - 0
Persatuan Bolasepak Selangor SEL
Persatuan Bola Sepak Kelantan KEL
2 - 1
Persatuan Bolasepak Selangor SEL
Persatuan Bola Sepak Kelantan KEL
1 - 2
Persatuan Bolasepak Selangor SEL

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