Can the LionsXII make it three wins on the trot against T-Team? Our experts give their two cents worth
What a difference a week makes. Two games, two wins, six points and now we're fifth, only two points off the top of the table. It's a strange looking MSL table now, with only eight points separating top from bottom, so it's quite a free-for-all at the moment. Just a week ago people were doubting the LionsXII's credentials, but now that they're within touching distance with the top, it's a different story. Specifically against T-Team, yes I would expect them to win, but it wouldn't be a disaster if they didn't. I thought it was going to be a straightforward game against Perak during the midweek game, but it took a last minute effort from Safuwan Baharudin to win it. To play it safe, I would expect the LionsXII to struggle, but they should still emerge as victors here. Fortress Jalan Besar will be key.
|Prediction: 2-0. Home form should be key in a hard fought victory for the LionsXII.
There was no better time for Safuwan Baharudin to get his first goal of the season, as his last-minute header handed the LionsXII a slim but precious 1-0 win away to Perak FA. That was yet another indication that while this inexperienced team will struggle to win comfortably this season in most games, they will never give up and keep going thanks to a remarkable and indefatigable fighting spirit. Fandi will not care how the victories come as along as they keep coming and against T-Team, he will be relatively confident of another one. LionsXII do have to cut out defensive lapses and a first clean sheet in five matches in Ipoh was a good way to start. At home with the Jalan Besar crowd roaring them on, I can only see three points from this.
|Prediction: 2-0. Back Amri to get back on the scoresheet.
I expected the team to draw against Perak mid-week and they surprised with a stoppage time winner through Safuwan Baharudin. The positives is that, despite that looking very likely to be a draw game, the team had enough fight in them to eke out a win in the dying seconds. The difference here and as seen in the PKNS game last weekend, is that the LionsXII have a renewed sense of confidence and desire to win. The absence of a lacklustre Isa Halim in midfield has perhaps helped the side who have shown a stronger bite in midfield since. T-Team are a struggling side, but they are up to ninth in the standings having beaten Sime Darby in their last game. A win is not too much ask still for Fandi's side. But to ensure they do that, they need to strike early and in the first-half before T-Team settle in. A couple of goals before the break and a cleansheet would ensure it'll be three wins in a row.
|Prediction: 3-0. This should be straightforward as long as they don't leave it late.