Selangor and LionsXII are set to battle it out at the Jalan Besar Stadium, in Matchday Two of the 2014 Malaysia Super League
Hamzah - Yunos - Safuwan - Faritz
Gabriel - Arifin - Isa - Suhaimi
Ghani - Amri
Bunyamin - Shahrom - Shazlan - Azmi
Andik - Gurusamy - Shukor - Fitri
In-form Selangor will be travelling over to the Jalan Besar Stadium to take on LionsXII in what should be an exciting clash this weekend. The well-known 'Selangor-Singapore' rivalry will be renewed once again, and the excitement should be nothing less then phenomenal this time around.
Both sides have been revamped since last year, though the level of talent within them is unquestionable. Selangor in particular, have looked much more solid this year, despite the departure of Mahali, Amri Yahya and Asraruddin during the off-season.
The Red Giants opened their Super League campaign with a 2-0 win over T-Team last week, and they followed it up with a convincing victory over Harimau Muda 'C' in the FA Cup. Pivotal to both victories is Paulo Rangel, who has been sensational thus far. He netted both goals in the opening game, and then added another one in the FA Cup as well, to make it three goals in two games.
LionsXII themselves have had a decent start to the season. Though they were defeated 1-0 by Pahang in the opening game, there's no denying the fact that Fandi's men did impress. Several new faces have also shown potential and with an experienced Safuwan Baharuddin leading their defensive line, things does seem positive for them.
As for this game, the battle will undoubtedly be in midfield. Selangor should field Andik Vermansyah, who will cause Faritz plenty of problems through the flanks. However, Gurusamy will be the one dictating their tempo and being relentless in closing LionsXII down. It will be incredibly crucial for Fandi's charges to keep an on him.
Beyond that, LionsXII should be able to capitalize on home advantage once again. Their performance at home was largely essential to their triumph in the Super League last year, I'd expect them to make full use of it again. Under Durakovic, Selangor have been spraying ground passes more often than not, and playing on the artificial turf should suit their style of play. That certainly makes for an interesting clash.
One key LionXII player would be Gabrial Quak, who despite disappointing in the first game against Pahang, stepped it up and did well in their FA Cup win over DRB Hicom. Gabrial's ability to use his pace down the flanks would be key for LionsXII, especially in counter attacks, and that could potentially be dangerous for the Red Giants.
If anything, this is destined to be a massive game for both sides. Selangor need to keep their good form going, while LionsXII need to recover and claim three points in this one. The stage has been set for a titanic clash, lets hope we get one on Saturday.