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  • February 8, 2014
  • • 19:45
  • • Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
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LionsXII back to league action against Terengganu

LionsXII back to league action against Terengganu

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After their FA Cup defeat to Pahang FA a week ago, Fandi Ahmad's boys will hope to bounce back at home in the Malaysia Super League

Pahang FA stormed the LionsXII fortress and came away with a famous scalp when they won 2-1 at Jalan Besar Stadium a week ago in the Malaysia FA Cup. Now, Fandi Ahmad's boys will have to prevent Terengganu FA from doing the same on Saturday.

Abdul Rahman Ibrahim's charges come visiting as the LionsXII resume action in the Malaysian Super League (MSL) since January 25, when they edged Selangor FA in a last-gasp 2-1 win. The defending MSL champions will hope to bounce back with victory in their fourth game of the season and their second at home.

Fandi claimed after the Pahang defeat that losing their 19-month unbeaten home record would have a beneficial effect as the pressure would be lifted off his team to maintain it. He will find out tomorrow whether that comes to effect.

Nine of his players started in Singapore's 3-1 defeat to Jordan on Tuesday, with two more coming on, so the team will not be lacking match fitness while having had sufficient time to rest.

Having netted in each of his last two league games, Khairul Amri continued his good goal-scoring form with a penalty against Jordan and is likely to be the main figure in attack. Winger Gabriel Quak could be restored to the starting line-up, having impressed off the bench in his last two appearances. Forwards Shahfiq Ghani and Khairul Nizam are inching closer to full fitness as well, leaving Fandi with more options in attack.

There is no doubt the LionsXII will go for it at home, but they will have to create chances early on instead of leaving it late. Their opponents have had a decent start to the season and sit second in the table currently, level on six points with leaders Selangor FA.

Former Cameroon Under-20 centre-back Vincent Bikana is a key figure in defence, while new foreign strikers Mamadou Barry and Marcio Souza already have two and three goals each respectively this season. Australian midfielder Mario Karlovic has also arrived this season to boost the Turtles, having spent most of his career in the lower leagues of Italy.

The LionsXII have won their last three ties against Terengganu, with the visitors hunting for their first victory against them since March 2012.

The game will kick off at Jalan Besar Stadium at 7.45p.m on Saturday.

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