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
JOHOR DARUL TAKZIM
Tuah - Irfan - Aidil - Muslim Ahmad
Del Nero - Ahmad Ezrie- Nurul Azwan
NorShahrul - Guiza
Irwan - Safuwan - Baihakki - Hafiz
Zulfahmi - Hariss
Raihan - Shahril (c) - Quak
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|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Jun 22, 2013||LionsXII 1 - Johor Darul Takzim 1|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Feb 19, 2013||Johor Darul Takzim 2 - LionsXII 2|
|Malaysia Cup (MC)||Sep 14, 2012||LionsXII 0 - Johor Darul Takzim 0|
|Malaysia Cup (MC)||Aug 22, 2012||Johor Darul Takzim 0 - LionsXII 0|
|Johor Darul Takzim|
|Mar 8, 2014||Sime Darby FC 0 - Johor Darul Takzim 2||MSL|
|Feb 18, 2014||Kedah FA 0 - Johor Darul Takzim 2||FA|
|Feb 15, 2014||Johor Darul Takzim 4 - Selangor FA 1||MSL|
|Feb 11, 2014||Johor Darul Takzim 3 - Kedah FA 1||FA|
|Feb 7, 2014||Pahang FA 3 - Johor Darul Takzim 2||MSL|
|18||Muhammad Zamir bin Selamat||Goalkeeper|
|-||Muhamad Tuah Iskandar bin Jamaluddin||Defender|
|-||Ahmad Ezrie Shafizi Sazali||Midfielder|
|7||Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak||Defender|
|-||Simone Del Nero||Midfielder|
|-||Mohd Nurul Azwan bin Roya||Midfielder|
|-||Ahmad Tharmini bin Saiban||Defender|
|19||Muhd Irfan bin Abdul Ghani||Defender|
|-||Mohd Redzuan bin Nawi||Midfielder|
|11||Mohd Safee Sali||Striker|
|8||M. Zaquan Adha||Striker|