Selangor - Johor Darul Takzim Preview: Fandi to retain top spot

Johor Darul Takzim will play Selangor at Shah Alam where a win will solidify their place at the top of the Malaysian Super League


Mahali - Putra - Chrappan - Asraruddin (c)
Raimi - Veenod - Shukur - Kunanlan
Amri - Doe

Mansor - Aidil - Ahmad - Azmi Muslim
Ezrie - Safiq (c) - Adha - Del Nero
Norshahrul - Guiza

Fandi Ahmad’s forces will march into Shah Alam as favourites to win this tie. Johor Darul Takzim have been putting on stellar performances after coming back twice - at Kedah in the FA Cup and at home against Negeri Sembilan. Dani Guiza, the Southern Tigers’ top scorer, will be looking to add more goals to his name after he made the promise of netting 50 this season. However, the Red Giants’ custodian Norazlan Razali has been in top form as of late, saving Selangor from embarrassing defeats and will be stopping the Spaniard at all costs.

Irfan Bakti’s men still crave for the summit of the Malaysian Super League table and a win against Darul Takzim would see them take the first position if ATM fail to get three points when they visit Perak. As the draw at Kuala Terengganu suggests, Selangor still have a lot of work to do to consolidate their defence. T-Team were all over them and would have won if not for Norazlan's heroics between the posts. And, Peter Chrappan is still jocking for position in the defence as he is clearly not up to parr with Ramez Dayoub.

In the history books, Selangor have trumped the Johor side in their last three meetings but that was before the overhaul for the Southern Tigers at the beginning of the 2013 season. There will be goals in this tie but not too many as both sides will be fielding a strong backline to account for failures to keep clean sheets.


  • Safiq Rahim of Johor DT

    Johor Darul Takzim’s Safiq Rahim used to play for the Red Giants for five years where he scored 18 times.

  • The Southern Tigers have only recorded one loss this season in the Malaysian Super League and it was against Pahang.

  • Selangor have won Malaysia’s top league title a total of seven times since 1980. The most recent triumph was in 2010.

  • Amri Yahyah is the Red Giants’ top scorer with three goals so far this season.