MSL Preview: Selangor vs Kedah

Fallen giants of Malaysian football to face-off in a crunch tie at the Shah Alam Stadium

Malaysia’s two most successful sides, Selangor and Kedah will be seeking victory for different reasons as they come up against each other tomorrow night.

The once mighty Selangor, who ruled Malaysian football in the olden days of the legendary Allahyarham Mohktar Dahari, are a pale shadow of their former selves. Currently in fourth place behind leaders Kelantan by an enormous 15 points, the Red Giants will want to win to try and reduce the gap at the top.

Against the northerners, Selangor will welcome seasoned defender P.Gunalan back from suspension but Malaysian international K.Gurusamy remains an injury doubt. Otherwise, Selangor coach Irfan Bakti reportedly has a full squad to choose from. National skipper Safiq Rahim is also available for selection.

As for Kedah, they will be travelling to Selangor’s capital city with some restored confidence after the morale boosting win over Terengganu over the weekend. Khyril Muhymeen Zambri is set to lead their attack once again with chief striker Vedran Gerc still out injured. Also doubtful is national midfielder Amar Rohidan who is reportedly still recovering.

Kedah will again be led by caretaker coach Radhi Mat Din in the absence of Wan Jamak Wan Hassan, their head coach. However, the Canaries can call upon their reliable captain Baddrol Bakhtiar who looked back to his best against Terengganu, as well as the influential Abdul Elfatah Safi. With many Kedahans residing in Klang Valley, the northern outfit can also expect plenty of support at Shah Alam.

For Kedah, a win could see them get out of relegation zone especially with their fellow strugglers Sabah and Johor FC having to play each other while Selangor will be hoping for a favor from PKNS to beat Perak; this would allow them to leapfrog the Ipoh based team to third place with a victory.