Both teams shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in March, but JDT must get an outright win to ensure that they are crowned Super League champions for the first time in their history.
BY DARREN GOON Follow on twitter
Sarawak and JDT have met twelve times over the past ten years, with the Southern Tigers winning nine and drawing one of those matches. Although it must be noted that the lone draw occurred earlier this season, the only time these two teams have met since Johor FC was revamped into Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in 2012.
As indicated by the table below, JDT (Johor FC) have always had the upper hand over their east coast rivals, but it was in Sarawak’s last season in the Super League before this one (2012) that they turned the tables, winning both matches against Johor FC in a season that ended in their relegation to the Premier League.
Zamri Morshidi scored in Sarawak’s last victory over JDT (3-1 in 2012), and he will be in the squad to face them again tomorrow night. Can he repeat his past heroics to spoil the Southern Tigers’ party?
But the new, improved JDT is a different beast to the one in 2012. In March’s 1-1 draw, Luciano Figueroa scored in the 28th minute to cancel out S. Chanturu’s 16th minute opener for Sarawak. Figueroa is JDT’s current top scorer with 11 league goals, while Chanturu is his Sarawak equivalent, having notched 6 goals so far despite operating as a winger. JDT’s other Argentinian, Jorge Pereyra Diaz, also has no problem scoring from the wing, netting 7 goals in just 3 matches, with several assists sprinkled around as well.
Sarawak are winless in 3 games, scoring just once via Joseph Kallang Tie. They only have pride to play for now, and roared on by a raucous home crowd, will look to throw a spanner in the works, despite having to deal with a lengthy injury list.
The league’s top scorers, JDT bounced back from a surprise loss to ATM with a 3-0 demolition of Kelantan. Bojan Hodak has a full squad to choose from, and he will have to decide whether to start Nazrin Nawi and Amirulhadi Zainal (who both starred against Kelantan), or revert to the dependable duo of Diaz and Amri Yahyah on the flanks.
JDT need only to better Selangor’s result against PKNS to be crowned Super League champions for the first time. If their overall head-to-head record against Sarawak is any indication, they might have to start tying blue-and-red ribbons onto the trophy now.
|24/04/2005||Malaysia Premier League||Johor FC vs Sarawak||6-1|
|25/05/2005||Malaysia Premier League|| Sarawak vs Johor FC
|12/06/2005||Malaysia Premier League||Sarawak vs Johor FC||0-1|
|20/12/2006||Malaysia Super League||Sarawak vs Johor FC||1-2|
|01/08/2007||Malaysia Super League||Johor FC vs Sarawak||3-1|
|12/01/2008||Malaysia Super League||Johor FC vs Sarawak||3-1|
|11/03/2008||Malaysia Super League||Sarawak vs Johor FC||0-4|
|13/09/2011||Malaysia Cup||Sarawak vs Johor FC||0-1|
|27/09/2011||Malaysia Cup||Johor FC vs Sarawak||3-1|
|14/02/2012||Malaysia Super League||Johor FC vs Sarawak||1-2|
|30/06/2012||Malaysia Super League||Sarawak vs Johor FC||3-1|
|29/03/2014||Malaysia Super League||JDT vs Sarawak||1-1|