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February 19, 2013 8:45 PM SGT
Larkin Stadium — Johor Bahru
 

Darul Takzim vs LionsXII Preview: Sundram's men aim to end Southern Tigers' unbeaten home record

It will be a reunion of two former Singapore teammates as Sundram's side squares off against Fandi Ahmad's star-studded team in a highly-anticipated clash

Teng Kiat

LionsXII, goal celebration
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS
JOHOR DARUL TAKZIM

Zamir
Tuah - Irfan - Aidil - Muslim Ahmad
Del Nero  - Ahmad Ezrie- Nurul Azwan
Safiq (c)
NorShahrul - Guiza
LIONSXII

Izwan

Irwan - Safuwan - Baihakki - Hafiz
Zulfahmi - Hariss
Raihan - Shahril (c) - Quak
Fazrul

Two Singapore football legends will go head to head when their sides face off against each other on Tuesday night as V. Sundramoorthy leads his LionsXII team into battle with Fandi Ahmad's Johor Darul Takzim.

The LionsXII moved into second place after defeating Pahang FA in a comprehensive 3-0 home victory on Saturday night and they will be keen to build on the good performance.

Full-backs Faritz Hameed and Shakir Hamzah will miss out through injury, while midfield strongman Isa Halim is doubtful. The latter was forced off after taking a knock in his ankle against Pahang, paving the way for Hariss Harun to make his first start since breaking his fibula against Indonesia in the AFF Suzuki Cup last November.

The impressive attacking duo of Faris Ramli and Shahfiq Ghani will be absent due to National Service commitments, with Raihan Rahman and Gabriel Quak likely to step in for them.

Johor are unbeaten at home this season with two wins out of three games so far, and they boast a potent attacking force that has scored in every game, and are currently the MSL's second-highest scoring team with 10 goals.

Former Spain striker Dani Guiza (picture) has scored in each of his last four league games and the Southern Tigers have never lost a match in which he has found the back of the net. He will likely be partnered by Malaysian international Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, with Safee Sali out of form.

In additionm, the LionsXII backline will also have to contend with the threats of former Lazio player Simone Del Nero and Nurul Azwan from the flanks, although skipper Safiq Rahim is doubtful with an ankle injury. Centreback Aidil Zafuan is also not fully fit, thanks to an abdominal strain.

The LionsXII attack will be led by skipper Shahril Ishak, who looked revitalized in a deeper role against Pahang that seemed to bring the best out of his playmaking abilities. He will be a crucial link in the team's transition from attack to defence, as Hariss holds the fort steady behind him.

The match will kick off at 8.45p.m at the Tan Sri Dato' Haji Hassan Yunos Stadium, Johor Bahru on Tuesday.

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Malaysia Super League ‎(MSL)‎ Jan 28, 2014 Johor Darul Takzim 2 - LionsXII 2
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Malaysia Super League ‎(MSL)‎ Jun 22, 2013 LionsXII 1 - Johor Darul Takzim 1
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Malaysia Super League ‎(MSL)‎ Feb 19, 2013 Johor Darul Takzim 2 - LionsXII 2
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Malaysia Cup ‎(MC)‎ Sep 14, 2012 LionsXII 0 - Johor Darul Takzim 0
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Malaysia Cup ‎(MC)‎ Aug 22, 2012 Johor Darul Takzim 0 - LionsXII 0
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Available Squads
1Izwan MahbudGoalkeeper
19Irwan ShahDefender
21Safuwan BaharudinDefender
5Baihakki KhaizanDefender
8Hafiz SujadMidfielder
16Raihan RahmanMidfielder
4Isa HalimMidfielder
17Shahril IshakMidfielder
14Hariss HarunMidfielder
28Safirul SulaimanMidfielder
12Fazrul NawazStriker
18Khairulhin KhalidGoalkeeper
13Faris AzienuddinDefender
7Gabriel QuakMidfielder
23Zulfahmi ArifinMidfielder
5Syafiq ZainalStriker
11Nazrul NazariMidfielder
17Faris RamliMidfielder
Probable Lineups
Zamir Selamat 18
Kamarul Kamaruddin 26
Muhamad Tuah Iskandar bin Jamaluddin 0
Ahmad Ezrie Shafizi Sazali 0
Muslim Ahmad 24
Aidil Zafuan Radzak 7
Safiq Rahim 8
Simone Del Nero 0
 Nurul Azwan Roya 12
Dani Güiza 0
Norshahrul Idlan Talaha 9
Izwan Mahbud 1
Irwan Shah 19
Safuwan Baharudin 21
Baihakki Khaizan 5
Hafiz Sujad 8
Raihan Rahman 16
Isa Halim 4
Shahril Ishak 17
Hariss Harun 14
Safirul Sulaiman 28
Fazrul Nawaz 12
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Paulo Rangel Paulo Rangel
Striker
Selangor
11 2
Luciano Figueroa Luciano Figueroa
Striker
Darul Takzim
7 0
Juan Arostegui Juan Arostegui
Striker
ATM
5 0
Khairul Amri Khairul Amri
Striker
LionsXII
5 0
Matías Conti Matías Conti
Striker
Pahang
5 0