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Both teams lost their mid-week AFC Cup matches, meet this Saturday at the newly-renovated Shah Alam Stadium, and six players from both teams will most probably decide the outcome

GOALBY    ZULHILMI ZAINAL     Follow on Twitter

Selangor have not been able to ensure that they score more goals than they concede, and this is partly the defence and goalkeeping departments' fault. Despite having a former national keeper in their employ, Farizal has not been able to turn in man-of-the-match level of performance that is needed when his defenders are prone to lapses in concentration. Nevertheless, he will most probably still be entrusted by Mehmet Durakovic to guard the goalmouth again this Saturday, and he will be doing so against a very attack-minded Kelantan, who also will not give up until the final whistle, as they have proven against Sarawak and LionsXII this season.
Fakri had previously only been mentioned by fans in the country as a punchline to jokes, never really coming into his own at Kelantan and the national team, despite being featured often in the setup of these two teams. But the past month has seen him playing a more prominent role, first through his winning goal against Yemen in the Asia Cup qualifier, and then through his goal for Kelantan in their 2-1 away win against LionsXII. For once the name Ahmad Fakri Saarani was not mentioned in an ironic manner. However as soon as the 24 year old was regaining his reputation, he found himself injured and had to sit out the 3-2 loss against Vissai Ninh Bình FC on Tuesday. But he is slated to return to the fray against Selangor, and he will be raring to resume where he left off, and what better way to do so, than to score against Selangor and spoil the Red Giants' return to Shah Alam Stadium party.

K. Gurusamy has featured for Selangor often this season, and although he only came in as a substitute against Ha Noi last Tuesday, he is expected to start this Saturday. The defensive midfielder will have to stem the barrage of Kelantan's attacks, if he is to help his team notch their first win in six matches.
This will not be an easy task, as the Red Warriors' captain and midfield will perhaps start the match too. Badhri is dangerous in attack, and as equally dangerous from dead ball situations. He will most probably try to overwhelm their opponents' midfield, and Selangor will do well to not to succumb to this. Badhri must be taken out of the game.

It is telling that when Selangor forward Rangel is the current league topscorer, they themselves are nowhere near the top of the league, and have not won a match in a while. He is dangerous when not marked properly, but when he is, Selangor are practically ripe for the picking, as proven by JDT I in their 4-1 win a month ago. 
Kelantan's centreback stalwart needs to do this using his strong physique, as by this point of the season, if Rangel fails to score in a particular match, Selangor will most likely lose the match. It is as simple as that when going up against the increasingly predictable Red Giants, a fact that Nwaneri will definitely keep in mind, as his defence has let in 11 goals in the past five matches.