Tuesday night’s match should be a lot closer than what both teams’ league positions suggest
Razman, Asra, Dayoub, Gunalan
Soley, Safiq, Gurusamy, Amirulhadi
Daudsu, Nwaneri, Subra, Aziz
Norfarhan, Badri, Azwan, Shakir
Selangor have the unenviable task of facing red-hot Kelantan in Tuesday’s Matchday 7 of the Malaysian Super League at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. Kelantan are going into this match looking the more convincing team, having won five of their seven league matches, while Selangor have won only two. The Red Giants’ season so far has been surprisingly disappointing, with even more surprising defeats to club-sides Selangor PKNS and Felda United.
The partnership of Indra and Norshahrul has been fruitful for the Red Warriors, even with their import striker Mohammad Ghaddar firing blanks, and they are expected to feature in the starting XI. And so are their two centrebacks Subramaniam and Obina Nwaneri who did so well to neutralise the threat of Terengganu’s Forkey Doe in their last match.
However, Kelantan can probably take comfort in the fact that attacking is a part of the game that the Giants are doing so poorly, that they are starting to draw the ire of fans who still bother to turn up for matches. Their experienced striker; Amri Yahyah has yet to score his first goal of the season and import striker Lelo Mbele was released without having even played one game, while coach Irfan Bakti seems reluctant to start with perennial benchwarmers R Surendran and Wan Hoesne Wan Hussain.
But that does not mean that Kelantan should expect a stroll in the park Tuesday night. Selangor, despite their poor form against unfancied teams, have ironically performed better against stronger sides, winning against now-favourites Perak and bogey team T-Team, while coming back from behind against Negeri Sembilan to manage a draw.
In addition to this, there are rumours that new import striker Bosko Balan will be obtaining his International Transfer Certificate early Tuesday morning and along with it the clearance to make his debut for Selangor. Perhaps this is just what it takes for Selangor to surprise Kelantan, even with the majority of their own fans staying away from the stadium, leaving Bukit Jalil in a sea of red, minus the yellow.