After a last-gasp victory over Perak FA away in their last game, the defending Malaysia Super League champions bid to maintain winning ways as they return to home comfortsThe LionsXII hunt for a third consecutive victory on Saturday night as they face T-Team FC at home in the Malaysia Super League, as they bid to move further up the table.
Wins over PKNS FC and then Perak FA have seen the defending champions move up to fifth and to within two points of leaders Terengganu FA, with Fandi Ahmad's men showing good resilience to bounce back from back-to-back defeats prior to that.
Safuwan Baharudin's 93rd-minute winner over Perak would have given the LionsXII a huge boost as they returned home from Ipoh with all three points and the side will look to the 22-year-old centre-back for leadership once again, with captain Isa Halim set for surgery that will rule him out for the rest of the league campaign.
Winger Nazrul Nazari and striker Sufian Anuar will likely miss out with injury, while Fandi will have to decide whether to restore Firdaus Kasman to the starting 11 alongside Zulfahmi Arifin and Raihan Rahman in midfield. The attack will hope to exploit T-Team's vulnerable back-line, who have conceded the second-most number of goals in the league so far.
Fandi will want to see his side cut out the defensive lapses that have occured in their recent games, and a first clean sheet in five games against Perak would have been a pleasing start towards that.
The Titans are just three points behind the LionsXII and will be motivated to come away with a result, although strikers Patrich Wanggai and Evaldo Goncalves have struggled to find the net with only one goal each so far. Instead, it is midfielder Ramzul Zahini Adnan and defender Marzuki Yusof who lead the way with two strikes each, the latter having struck again in their 2-0 win over Sime Darby FC last time out.
The LionsXII beat the same opponents 3-0 last May but will expect a tighter game this time round, although they will still be favourites to come away with the victory.