LionsXII looking for Terengganu double
Having beaten T-Team on the same ground earlier this year, the MSL league leaders will be hoping to get second time lucky
By Khalis Rifhan
Muhaimin - Faizal (c) - Bikana - Zubir
Puaneswaran - Nordin - Ismail - Ashaari
Farderin - Manaf
Faritz - Safuwan - Baihakki - Hafiz
Isa - Hariss
Fazrul - Shahril(c) - Faris Ramli
Although they are perched at the top of the Malaysian Super League, the LionsXII have been dreading away matches as they have only managed to garner seven points out of a possible 21 and they will next be up against Terenganu FA on Tuesday.
While their home matches have thus far been akin to a cup final, sweating it out in front of a sell-out crowd and coming up with spectacular wins and recording a seven-match unbeaten run, V. Sundramoorthy has been faced with a stern test away from home.
Their hopes of capturing the league title have been hampered with a selection headache prior to every away trip due to injuries, suspensions and players who are unable to travel due to several unavoidable factors.
The previous meeting between the two in January 19 ended with the Singapore club side securing a 2-1 victory over the Turtles, with Syafiq Zainal scoring the winner.
Terengganu’s last league match was a slim 1-0 victory against Negeri Sembilan with Ashaari Shamsuddin scoring an injury time penalty winner, while the LionsXII had to endure a hard fought goalless draw at the Shah Alam stadium against Selangor FA.
LionsXII will be without striker Shahfiq Ghani, who is weeks away from full fitness as the 21-year-old had fractured his fifth metatarsal in his right foot during their victory over ATM FA two weeks ago at Jalan Besar Stadium.
Sundramoorthy is expected to start with Fazrul Nawaz on the flank again with Shahril Ishak supporting lone striker Syafiq in a conservative line-up, as has always been the case when playing away from home.
Terengganu are currently in sixth position but are only separated by eight points from the league leaders and Elavarasan will surely not hold back his guns. But the Turtles will have to make do without Effa Owana, who suffered a broken arm against Felda United and will likely be replaced by Farderin Kadir who will be upfront with Ashaari.
Expect LionsXII to sit back and conserve their energy as the match will be played at 4.45p.m at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu and their last visit there ended in a 1-0 defeat to Peter Butler’s T-team.
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|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||May 7, 2013||Terengganu FA 1 - LionsXII 2|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Jan 19, 2013||LionsXII 2 - Terengganu FA 1|
|Malaysia Super League (MSL)||Jun 20, 2012||Terengganu FA 0 - LionsXII 1|
|Malaysia FA Cup (FA)||Mar 27, 2012||LionsXII 0 - Terengganu FA 0|
|Malaysia FA Cup (FA)||Mar 24, 2012||Terengganu FA 1 - LionsXII 0|
|Sep 21, 2013||Negeri Sembilan FA 2 - Terengganu FA 2||MC|
|Sep 17, 2013||Terengganu FA 1 - Kelantan FA 3||MC|
|Aug 31, 2013||Terengganu FA 2 - Pahang FA 1||MC|
|Aug 27, 2013||Pahang FA 1 - Terengganu FA 1||MC|
|Aug 24, 2013||Kelantan FA 2 - Terengganu FA 0||MC|
|24||Mohd Sharmiza bin Yusoff||Goalkeeper|
|23||Mohd Faizal Muhammad||Defender|
|5||Nik Zul Aziz bin Nawawi||Defender|
|17||Khairul Rahmadhan Zauwawi||Midfielder|
|7||Ismail Faruqi bin Asha'ri||Midfielder|
|18||Ahmad Nordin bin Alias||Midfielder|
|14||Mohd Fakhrurazi bin Musa||Midfielder|
|3||Mohd Muhaimin bin Omar||Defender|
|21||Abdul Manaf bin Mamat||Striker|
|13||Hasmizam bin Kamarodin||Defender|
|-||Mohd Ailim Fahmi bin Kamaruddin||Striker|
|8||Hafiz Abu Sujad||Midfielder|
|4||I. Abdul Halim||Midfielder|
|7||Gabriel Quak Jun Yi||Midfielder|