Selangor PKNS vs LionsXII Preview: Fourth-time lucky for visitors in FA Cup?
V. Sundramoorthy's side will be boosted by the return of centreback Baihakki Khaizan against a side they have lost three previous away fixtures to, as they begin their Cup campaign
Nizaruddin - Ez Lizuan - Helmi - Fadhil
Gunalan - Loussaief - Fauzan - Fazli
Faritz - Baihakki - Safuwan - Irwan
Isa - Hafiz
Quak - Shahril(c) - Nazrul
The LionsXII will be looking to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat against Selangor PKNS away from home as they take on the Malaysian Super League (MSL) club in the first round of the FA Cup on Friday.
The Red Ants will go into the match with a full squad available to coach Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, as they look set to once again deploy their disciplined and compact 4-5-1 formation.
Although the hosts lost their previous MSL match against Johor Darul Takzim, their performance on the field arguably warranted a better result as they had their own chances on goal, only to be let down by their inability to put them away.
As for the visitors they have their own set of problems to address ahead of this tie at the MBPJ Stadium in Kelana Jaya, Kuala Lumpur.
The team is bogged down with players still at the treatment table, coupled with the never-ending National Service (NS) issues and school commitments of their young players.
But there is good news for coach V. Sundramoorthy, as he will welcome back striker Fazrul Nawaz and central defender Baihakki Khaizan from suspension. Safuwan Baharudin has also been given the green light to be released from his NS duties to travel up north.
While their backline and midfield have been relatively stable, the main man upfront is still not able to hit the back of the net as often as Sundram would have wanted them to - the team have registered a paltry four goals in four league games so far.
With both sides looking to progress to the second round of the competition, expect a cautious start to the match with PKNS’s Helmi Loussaief and LionsXII’s Isa Halim both attempting to dominate the midfield.
Former Sime Darby hitman Patrick ‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh, who scored 15 goals in the Premier League last season, will star for the hosts, although the Liberian international has yet to open his account for his new team.
The match is scheduled to kick off at 4.45pm with the winner of the tie meeting defending champions Kelantan FA, who have been given a first-round bye.
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Top 3 Predictions
PKNS FC 0-8 LionsXII
- 22.58 %
PKNS FC 1-2 LionsXII
- 19.36 %
PKNS FC 1-1 LionsXII
- 9.68 %
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||May 27, 2013||LionsXII 3 - PKNS FC 1|
|Malaysia FA Cup (FA)||Jan 26, 2013||PKNS FC 1 - LionsXII 0|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Jan 15, 2013||PKNS FC 1 - LionsXII 0|
|Malaysia Cup (MC)||Sep 4, 2012||PKNS FC 1 - LionsXII 0|
|Malaysia Cup (MC)||Aug 25, 2012||LionsXII 3 - PKNS FC 1|
|Oct 4, 2013||PKNS FC 1 - Pahang FA 2||MC|
|Sep 27, 2013||Pahang FA 3 - PKNS FC 2||MC|
|Sep 21, 2013||Johor Darul Takzim 0 - PKNS FC 2||MC|
|Sep 17, 2013||PKNS FC 5 - T-Team FC 0||MC|
|Aug 31, 2013||Felda United FC 1 - PKNS FC 0||MC|
|22||Mohd Remezey bin Che Ros||Goalkeeper|
|13||Mohd Fauzan bin Dzulkifli||Midfielder|
|8||Muhammad Khairu Azrin bin Khazali||Midfielder|
|24||Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh||Striker|
|9||F. Abdul Hameed||Midfielder|
|8||Hafiz Abu Sujad||Midfielder|
|4||I. Abdul Halim||Midfielder|
|7||Gabriel Quak Jun Yi||Midfielder|