LionsXII look to overcome their injury woes and stop their slide with a win over Sarawak FA who will still be aggrieved over the manner of the Lions XII win earlier this season.The upcoming match between LionsXII and Sarawak FA looks set up to be a scrappy game, with both sides coming off patchy form as of late. After dropping vital points in their last two games, the LionsXII will have to wary of a gutsy Sarawak FA who grinded out a 2-2 draw with Terengganu. The injury hit LionsXII labored to a draw in the last game against Kuala Lumpur FA, playing without the likes of key personnel Juma’at Jantan and goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud.
Captain Shahril Ishak is doubtful for the match having been nursing dislocated shoulder from the 3-3 draw with Kedah. It remains to be seen if he will return for this tie.
On a brighter note, young winger Khairul Amri turned in a good performance last game and there is little doubt that coach, V Sundramoorthy, will call on him again to inspire the team.
The visitors, Sarawak FA, are also coming off a 2-2 draw against sixth placed Terengganu FA and have injury problems of their own. Coach Robert Alberts will be without several of his key players. Joel Epalle and Sani Anuar are still recovering from injury while Ashri Chuchu will not be available due to a national call up.
The LionsXII will be looking to take make the best out of playing at home and will be counting on their artificial pitch of Jalan Besar to put their opponents off their game. The LionsXII cannot afford to drop any more points as their seat at pole position is coming under dire threat as Kelantan plays out their remaining games in hand. Sarawak will be hoping to secure a positive result which would see them close the gap between them and fourth place which is level on points with three other teams.