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July 2, 2013 8:45 PM SGT
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Perak - Kelantan: Seladangs to knock down FA Cup champions

Perak will face a tough task when taking on the newly-crowned FA Cup champions in Ipoh but they will be well-rested and ready to grab three points

By Muhammad Izzat Akmal Ismail

Perak FA
Yusrie Zulkifli
  PROBABLE LINEUPS
PERAK
 

Farizal
Kiman - Rafael - Hisyamuddin
Sivakumar - Shahrulnizam - Nasir - Thiru
Azlan - Rangel - Yong

KELANTAN


Syazwan
Daudsu - Nik Shahrul - Rizal- Farisham

Izwan - Nanthakumar - Zairo - Faiz

Fakri - Dickson


Both teams will want to grab the three points for a better position in the league in the last stretch of the season. With Perak lying in eighth place four points behind Kelantan in fifth, they still can end this season with better results.

In last fixture, the Seladangs were stunned by a late goal causing them to drop points at home. Azraai Khor surely, won't let this happens again. However, Kelantan are currently in a very postive attitude after they lifted the FA Cup last Saturday.

After an impressive showing against LionsXII last week, Azraai would most likely play with the same tactics; compacting the midfield to contain their opponent’s moves. With Rafael and Hisyamuddin proving their solidness last week, they will surely be in the starting lineup to snub Kelantan's attack.

Paolo Rangel, could be the sparkling one in this match if his combination with skipper Shahrulnizam goes well. He did score an amazing goal last week.

On the other side of the pitch, Kelantan who just won the FA Cup against Johor Darul Takzim, will visit Perak on a high. However, they will be without Obinna Nwaneri who is suspended. With Badri Radzi and Shakir Shaari exhausted due to the tight schedule, Nanthakumar and Zairo look to take their places.

Upfront, the on-form Fakri Saarani and Dickson Nwakaeme already showed a great chemistry during the FA Cup final and might be fielded by Bojan Hodak. Nonetheless, Fakri has yet to find the net in recent games.

This match will have no effect to the league leaders, as LionsXII are three points away from the title. But it will still be a gripping match to see both teams fight to improve their positions in the league. Perak and Kelantan are looking to end this season in the top five positions but they need to win this one first in order to get there.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Perak's biggest win this season was 3-0 against Johor Darul Takzim.

  • They had conceded 10 goals in their last six matches.

  • Kelantan sealed their 2012 season with a 6-0 mauling of Perak last year.

  • The Seladang's last win against the Red Warriors was back in 2011 where they won 4-0.


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