LionsXII seek victory against Perak in 'important' game

With only three games left to go and the Malaysian Super League leaders ahead at the top by four points, coach V. Sundramoorthy has declared this match as a must-win


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Sivakumar - Shahrulnizam (C) - Nazri - Yong
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It is crunch time in the Malaysian Super League (MSL) title race, as the teams go down to the wire with three more games left.

Leaders LionsXII can take a giant step towards a first-ever league title with victory over Perak FA on Tuesday in Ipoh, following a 1-1 draw against second-placed Johor Darul Takzim on Saturday that kept them four points ahead.

That means V, Sundramoorthy's men need only two more wins to build an unassailable lead, and can even secure the MSL earlier than that if Darul Takzim do not garner maximum points from their remaining games.

Sundram already declared the clash against Perak as an "important" one during the post-match press conference at Jalan Besar Stadium on Saturday, as winning it will give them the chance to wrap it all up when they host Felda United on July 2.

If the title race is decided on the last day, the LionsXII will face Kelantan in a tricky away tie, while Darul Takzim have a easier game on paper at home against Selangor.

The LionsXII will be shorn of the services of the suspended Baihakki Khaizan, Hafiz Sujad and Nazrul Nazari.

Shahfiq Ghani is set to start in place of the latter as he goes straight up top with Fazrul Nawaz dropping to the right. Faris Ramli should be unavailable due to National Service commitments, meaning Sundram could elect to go with Gabriel Quak again on the left, although Safirul Sulaiman has a good shot at starting too.

Meanwhile, the Seladang, who sit in ninth, will come into this off the back off a 2-1 win over Pahang FA in their last game.

They will have to do without midfielder Munusamy Yoganathan, who received a red card in that game. Striker Paulo Rangel has averaged almost a goal a game since joining on loan from Muangthong United, and will be their most potent weapon. Kelantan-born striker Azlan Ismail is expected to start instead of the returning Hadi Yahya after a sterling performance in the win over Pahang.

The hosts have nothing to play for and with their opponents in determined mood, this should see the three points to go the LionsXII.