LionsXII vs Selangor FA Preview: Sundram's boys seek opening home win
Following their season opening victory away at ATM FA on Wednesday, the LionsXII will be keen to keep the momentum going by registering a win in their first home game of the season
By Teng Kiat and Khalis Rifhan
Faritz - Baihakki - Safuwan - Irwan
Isa - Hafiz
Safirul - Shahril (c) - Nazrul
Mahali - Ramez - Asrarudin (c) - Raimi
Bunyamin - Kunanlan
Gurusamy - Amri - Shukor
Both the LionsXII and Selangor scraped through their opening games of the 2013 Malaysian Super League season with solitary-goal victories against ATM FA and Negeri Sembilan respectively a few days ago, and they will be keen to build on their winning starts.
Despite picking up the three points, the two lone strikers Fazrul Nawaz [LionsXII] and Francis Doe [Selangor] both similarly failed to impress, and could use with some extra shooting practice before the match on Saturday.
The home side will still be missing the influential Hariss Harun in central midfield, but coach V. Sundramoorthy can be pleased with the performance of debutant Hafiz Abu Sujad against ATM.
The ex-Courts Young Lions skipper partnered Isa Halim and the new combination proved difficult for their opponent to break down, and they were forced to change their tactics to attack the LionsXII via the flanks.
This is exactly one area which could cause Sundram a headache, as Selangor is known for their hardworking and speedy players down the side.
Winger Gurusamy and right-back Mahali Jasuli, who has been dubbed the 'Malaysian Cafu', venture forward as a well-coordinated team on that flank. Meanwhile, Kunanlan and Shukor Jusoh will also be sure to cause problems down the left, so full-backs Faritz Hameed and Irwan Shah will have to be on their toes.
The LionsXII will once again look to skipper Shahril Ishak for inspiration, as the attacking midfielder carried on where he left off last season by scoring the winner against ATM FA. The Singapore captain's creativity and ability to lead the line with verve will be crucial in guiding this new-look team, who were quite frankly a tad fortunate to have come away with victory.
The crowd at the Jalan Besar Stadium will have to play their part as the '12th man' against a Selangor team that cannot be taken lightly, and the home support could prove to be the deciding factor between these two sides.
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Top 3 Predictions
LionsXII 2-0 Selangor FA
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LionsXII 2-1 Selangor FA
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LionsXII 1-1 Selangor FA
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|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Apr 27, 2013||Selangor FA 0 - LionsXII 0|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Jan 12, 2013||LionsXII 1 - Selangor FA 0|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Mar 20, 2012||LionsXII 1 - Selangor FA 1|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Feb 8, 2012||Selangor FA 1 - LionsXII 1|
|Oct 4, 2013||ATM FA 4 - LionsXII 1||MC|
|Sep 28, 2013||LionsXII 1 - ATM FA 0||MC|
|Sep 21, 2013||Kedah FA 1 - LionsXII 3||MC|
|Sep 18, 2013||LionsXII 1 - Sarawak FA 0||MC|
|Aug 31, 2013||LionsXII 2 - Perak FA 1||MC|
|9||F. Abdul Hameed||Midfielder|
|8||Hafiz Abu Sujad||Midfielder|
|4||I. Abdul Halim||Midfielder|
|7||Gabriel Quak Jun Yi||Midfielder|
|21||Norazlan bin Razali||Goalkeeper|
|13||M. Raimi Mohd Nor||Midfielder|
|4||M. Putra Omar||Defender|
|8||Abdul Shukur Bin Jusoh||Midfielder|
|3||Mohd Fairuz bin Abdul Aziz||Defender|
|7||Adib Aizuddin bin Abdul Latif||Defender|
|2||V. Kavi Chelvan||Midfielder|
|22||Muhammad Ramzul Zahini bin Adenan||Midfielder|