A match with end-to-end action is expected when Azraai's 'immovable' defensive wall meets Fandi's 'unstoppable' forwards
JOHOR DARUL TAKZIM
Mansor - Aidil - Ahmad - Azmi Muslim
Ezrie- Safiq (c) - Adha
Safee - Guiza
Khairi - Shahrom - Rafael - Syazwan
Rafiuddin - Sivakumar - Nazri - Yong
Failee - Hadi
Johor Darul Takzim and Perak go head to head in their FA Cup opener this Friday at the Tan Sri Dato Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium in Johor Bahru in what promises to be a game with goals galore. While the Southern Tigers are looking to pick up where they left off after running down top-form PKNS FC in a league tie, the Seladangs need to charge their forces after dropping points against a 10-man Selangor side.
Fandi Ahmad’s multi-million dollar squad is starting to bear fruit especially through Dani Guiza who has two goals and two assists to his name. The ex-Singapore national’s strategic application of a three-pronged attack featuring the Spaniard alongside Safee Sali and Norhsharul Idlan Talaha tore up the Red Ants and it is likely that he will maintain the trio upfront. They go into this round of the FA Cup as favourites to progress to the next.
Perak, on the other hand, have nothing to boast about in attack having only scored three goals in five games but Abdul Hadi Yahya’s experience could be the difference-maker upfront. Brazilian defender Rafael Novais will have the full backing of coach Mohd Azraai Khor Abdullah to marshall the backline in keeping out Johor’s strikers. A similar line-up that featured against Selangor could be rolled out to take on the Southern Tigers.
In previous meetings, both sides have emerged as winners - a draw was few and far between. In their most recent clash in the Malaysian Super League at the Tan Sri Dato' Hj Hassan Yunos Stadium, Johor Darul Takzim barely scrapped through with a 1-0 win against a side with only nine men. Azraai’s men will be out for revenge and will settle for nothing less than a victory.The match is scheduled to kick off in the Tan Sri Dato Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium at 4:15p.m.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Perak are expected to play their first five matches in Lumut before the stadium in Ipoh is re-opened.
- The Seladangs have national team goalkeeper Farizal Marlias within their ranks
Azraai Khor, who constantly wears pink shirts during matchdays, already has one with Perak logo in it
- Johor Darul Takzim have the two best forwards in Malaysia, Safee Sali, Norshahrul, within their ranks
- Star striker Dani Guiza has previously won the Pichichi award (Top Scorers award) in 2008.
- Their head coach, Fandi Ahmad, is regarded as the best Singapore player in their history