ATM - Terengganu Preview: Both teams look to bounce back from defeat

ATM will be desperate to keep themselves in the title race with a win against FA Cup semi-finalists Terengganu

Reuben - Amirizwan - Safwan - Irwan
Martelotto - Rezal - Shukor - Jayaseelan
Hairuddin (c) - Nizaruddin

Puaneswaran - Bikana - Faizal (c) - Zubir
Nordin - Fakhrulrazi - Ramadhan
Manaf - Owona - Ashaari

Despite losing to Selangor last week, ATM should look back on that game with pride because they were able to hang on to the draw until the last minute before conceding an unfortunate winning goal. Heac Coach B. Sathianathan blamed the referee's decision to send off Marlon Alex James early in the game as the cause of the defeat, and described the red card as one which has destroyed their hopes of chasing the league title this season.

Losing out on the title is one thing, but another problem ATM has to worry about is facing Terengganu without their main striker and the league's top scorer, James. In their recent games, James' absence has proved to be costly and they certainly need Hairuddin Omar and R. Surendran to find a way to score with their import player missing.

For Terengganu, the defeat in the FA Cup semi-final still lingers in their mind and it showed in their heavy defeat to Kelantan. Even though credit must be given to Red Warriors' defence in the game, the attacking prowess of the Turtles in the form of Ashaari Shamsuddin, Abdul Manaf Mamat and Effa Owona didn't look very potent upfront.

The Turtles go into this match with a poor away record, with only three wins and five defeats, and they need their attacking players to find a way to score against the resilient ATM defence. They also need to tighten things at the back if they do not want to concede more goals after their recent nightmare against the Red Warriors.

  • ATM are currently level on points with Selangor at 33, only separated by goal difference.

  • ATM has the most dangerous attack in the league this season, with 33 goals scored so far this season.

  • Terengganu played at night for the first time at home last Friday.

  • Terengganu can further pull themselves away from the danger zone if they win this game.