Fans of both teams await a footballing treat as old rivals renewal rivalry in a highly anticipated tie
Madhu, Sevki, Hariss, Shakir
Firdaus, Isa, Shahdan, Irwan
Razman, Asra, Dayoub, Gunalan
Nasriq, Safiq, Gurusamy, Amirulhadi
Old rivals LionsXII and Selangor face one another for the second time this season at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday. The reverse fixture ended 1-1 with the points shared in a competitive clash. Fans from both sides would be expecting more of the same when the teams meet again.
The LionsXII team would have to put aside the distractions of Saturday night, when Sarawak fans became hostile at the end of the match and focus on this tie. Match officials were targeted and the Lions team bus was prevented from leaving the stadium. Coach V. Sundramoorthy would have to make sure his team have regained their focus after a torrid weekend - in particular goalkeeper Hyrulnizam, who was pelted with bottles and had a firecracker thrown in his direction.
The Lions team should be unchanged having built up a good understanding as a unit and would be looking to extend their highly impressive run of 7 victories on a trot. Despite missing players due to injuries, the Lions have steadied their indifferent start to their season and lie 3rd in the league standings, 3 points off leaders Kelantan.
Just like the hosts, Selangor began the season shakily but have put together a good run and lie in 6th place. After a less than flattering start to the season, the Red Giants have improved with victories against Kelantan and Kuala Lumpur. Although they have found goals hard to come by, ex-Aston Villa forward Bosko Balaban has helped lead the line admirably and they are tough to break down defensively.
Both teams would be looking to improve on their run of form and move up the table. The rivalry between these two teams dates back to the inception of the Malaya cup in 1921. Both Selangor and Singapore dominated the proceedings, winning the coveted Malaya/Malaysia Cup a total of 56 times between them.