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  • February 15, 2014
  • • 20:45
  • • Stadium Majlis Perbandaran Selayang, Selayang
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LionsXII brace themselves for ATM challenge

LionsXII brace themselves for ATM challenge

Alfie Lee / FAS

Fandi Ahmad's men have drawn their last two Malaysia Super League games and will hope to claim victory against a home side led by the formidable Marlon James in Selayang

The LionsXII will be seeking to snap a three-game winless streak when they travel to Selayang to face ATM FA on Saturday night in the Malaysia Super League (MSL).

After a 2-1 win against Selangor FA three weeks ago, the LionsXII failed to win any of their subsequent matches. A 2-2 draw at Johor Darul Takzim was followed by a shock 2-1 defeat to Pahang FA at home in the FA Cup, before last Saturday's frustrating 0-0 affair at home in the league.

Now, Fandi Ahmad will hope his charges can get back to winning ways against ATM, who are second in the table after four games. The LionsXII are two points further behind in ninth.

If they are to win, the defending MSL champions first have to be more clinical in front of goal, in addition to creating more chances. They struggled to do either in their last two matches and paid the price, with the service from the flanks not forthcoming for the likes of Khairul Amri and Sufian Anuar.

Defensively, they will have to cope with the nightmare that is Marlon Alex James. The Vincentian has always been a nemesis for the LionsXII, with his sublime hat-trick winning performance last season in the Malaysia Cup still fresh in the minds of many supporters.

Fellow attackers Juan Arostegui and Bruno Martelotto are threats as well and interestingly enough, the afore-mentioned trio each account for one of ATM's five league goals. The other two come from D. Christie Jayaseelan and Norfazly Alias, perhaps indicating that the danger from the hosts comes from all areas of the pitch.

The LionsXII look set to continue with a 4-3-3 formation, with Sufian Anuar possibly returning to lead the line after he did not come off the bench due to injury last time out. Shahfiq Ghani should retain his place behind the main striker, while Fandi may opt to give Faris Ramli a run-out after the impressed as a second-half substitute.

While it is still early days yet in the MSL, the LionsXII will be keen not to lose any more ground if they can help it and should look to bring back a result here.

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Malaysia Super League ‎(MSL)‎ Feb 15, 2014 ATM FA 1 - LionsXII 2
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Malaysia Cup ‎(MC)‎ Oct 4, 2013 ATM FA 4 - LionsXII 1
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Malaysia Cup ‎(MC)‎ Sep 28, 2013 LionsXII 1 - ATM FA 0
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Malaysia Super League ‎(MSL)‎ Apr 20, 2013 LionsXII 3 - ATM FA 1
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