Revenge will be on the menu for former JDT boss Fandi Ahmad, as he looks to throw a spanner in the works of Johor's title challenge, with his current troops Lions XII
Hameed - Baihakki - Yunos - Hamzah
Ramli - Hafiz - Safuwan - Firdaus
Amri - Gabriel
Jasuli - Shas - Aidil - Putra
Rahim - Shakir
Amri – Harun - Pereyra
For LionsXII manager Fandi Ahmad it will be an opportunity to gain revenge on a Johor Darul Ta'zim team that dismissed him after a disappointing trophy-less season in 2013. However his team have not been in ideal form in the run up to their meeting with the third placed Johor side, losing their last two outings at Terengganu and Selangor. Ahmad will be hoping that the once fortress Jalan Besar can again bring home comfort, with JDT undoubtedly vulnerable on the road where all their three losses have come so far this year.
LionsXII were undone by a controversial penalty at Terengganu on the weekend, with boss Fandi Ahmad lamenting the performance of the match official. Following the final whistle Ahmad commented “I’m just a bit disappointed with some of the calls from the referee, obviously that was a very, very soft penalty. What to do?”
The contentious penalty took the attention away from what was a good Lions XII performance on the road, where they took the lead in the 8th minute through Khairul Amri. Fandi was quoted as saying “We played superbly today, this is one of our best away games. Our boys showed the fighting spirit and determination. I’m very, very happy with the performance. We gave our all, we made things difficult for them.”
The Singaporean legend also hailed the performance of defender Baihakki Khaizan, who was recently released from JDT, and captain Safuwan Baharudin. For this fixture midfielder Raihan Rahman is unavailable due to suspension, therefore Firdaus Kasman should come into the team in his absence. It remains to be seen whether Zulfahmi Arifin will retain his spot in the starting 11 after looking rusty in his comeback from a groin injury.
For the visitors, they are currently in the middle of a fine run of form, as they are unbeaten in their last eight MSL fixtures. However Bojan Hodak will be well aware that despite their recent purple patch, being located in third place, and eight points off leaders Selangor, is not acceptable considering the huge investment made in the squad.Last time out they were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw with Pahang, twice surrendering the lead, with Pahang’s second equaliser coming in the last minute. Captain Aidil Zafuan was surprisingly omitted from the line-up in this match, and he could be in line for a recall considering the poor defending which allowed Azamuddin Akil to score for the Elephants. Recent signing Jorge Pereyra Diaz was impressive on his debut and looks set to continue, however Hariss Harun, Nazrin Nawi and Norshahrul Idlan Talaha will certainly be pushing for recalls following Saturday’s frustrating result.