The opening week of the Malaysian Super League will see several interesting battles, after the FAM officially released the amended fixtures list yesterday.
Several stadiums will be unable to hold nigh matches due to their floodlights not matching FAM's standards. Besides that, fixtures were also altered to accomodate Datuk K. Rajagopal's national team training camp for the Asian Cup qualifiers in February.
Nonetheless, the latest list has thrown in several interesting match-ups for the Round One of the Malaysian Super League. Last season's runners up LionsXII will be taking on recently promoted Premier League champions ATM FA, while moneybags Johor Darul Takzim will travel to Kuantan to take on Pahang FA in a crunching clash.
Defending champions Kelantan FA will be hosting PKNS FC, as Peter Butler's newly assembled T-Team squad face Perak FA in Lumut. Besides that, Terengganu FA will be locking horns with Felda United while Selangor face Negeri Sembilan.
However, some of the matches will be taking place in the evening, with kick off scheduled at 4.45. Perak for instance, will be facing T-Team in the Lumut Navy Stadium, while the floodlights upgrading work progresses in the Ipoh Stadium. Terengganu will also be hosting Felda in the evening.
The pick of the round is certainly none other than ATM vs LionsXII. The Gladiators spent heavily last season, before emerging as victors in the Malaysian Premier League. They also went on to face Kelantan in the final of the Malaysia Cup, in which they faltered at the last hurdle. Meanwhile, LionsXII left an amazing impact in their maiden Super League season, finishing second in the league behind Kelantan FA.
Both sides have lost a host of key players during the off-season but expect this one to be one mouthwatering clash. By far, the pick of the round.
Below are the Round One fixtures in full:
Date: 8th January 2013
Selangor vs Negeri Sembilan (8.45 p.m.)
Terengganu vs Felda United (4.45 p.m.)
Pahang vs Johor Darul Takzim (8.45 p.m.)
Perak vs T-Team (4.45 p.m.)
Date: 9th January 2013
Kelantan vs PKNS (8.45 p.m.)
ATM vs LionsXII (8.45 p.m.)