HEAD-TO-HEAD: Two evenly matched sides will battle for FA Cup glory

As the we countdown the days remaining to the Malaysia FA Cup final between Kelantan and Johor Darul Takzim at the National Stadium, Goal looks at how these two match up

The Malaysia FA Cup final is this week and Kelantan are set to face off against Johor Darul Takzim in an encounter of epic proportions at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil this Saturday (June 29).

After getting a new look at the start of the season, Darul Takzim has taken the Malaysian Super League by storm and are just behind LionsXII in the title race.

Kelantan however, have been attempting to move mountains as they were fighting to maintain the treble they achieved last year.

This season, the Southern Tigers have been unbeaten against the Red Warriors – a 1-1 draw in Kota Bharu and a 2-0 victory in Larkin.

The win, however, is not conclusive of who is better head-to-head as Kelantan went into that game without Norfarhan, Badhri Radzi, Indra Putra and Dickson Nwakaeme. Bojan Hodak was saving his first-11 for the FA Cup tie against city-rivals Terengganu.

In the draw early in the season, the million-dollar team – as JDT were known after several big signings – were struggling to beat Kelantan and required a freekick courtesy of Dani Guiza to only equalise late in the game.

Going into the final, JDT will be a squad full of tired legs, as they will field their best players for the next MSL match at home to Felda United to keep their title hopes alive.

Kelantan however, have no reason to give it their all when they play hosts to Pahang on Tuesday (June 25); Hodak will surely save his best-11 for the big game in Bukit Jalil.

As this is the first time in two years that the two sides will meet in an FA Cup match, it will be an exciting fixture as a piece of silverware is at stake.

Last seven matches between Kelantan and Johor Darul Takzim:




May 22, 2013

JDT 2-0 Kelantan


January 15, 2013

Kelantan 1-1 JDT


May 26, 2012

JDT 0-0 Kelantan


January 17, 2012

Kelantan 1-1 JDT


August 24, 2011

JDT 1-1 Kelantan

Malaysia Cup

August 10, 2011

Kelantan 2-1 JDT

Malaysia Cup

May 3, 2011

JDT 0-1 Kelantan