The LionsXII will be looking to bounce back from their recent FA cup exit and kick-start their league campaign at home against Terengganu. Let's hear what the boys have to say
Truth be told, it hasn't been the best of weeks for Singapore football and the LionsXII boys after they crashed out against Pahang FA for the Malaysia Cup last weekend, ending their unbeaten home record. The majority of the boys were also involved in the defeat against Jordan in the AFC qualification match a few days later. So a win against Terengganu would definitely provide a much needed boost and put a smile back on the fans' faces. Terengganu, like the LionsXII, come into the tie after being knocked out of the Malaysia Cup last week as they lost 2-1 to PKNS FC. In last season's fixture, the LionsXII came back from a goal down to beat Terengganu 2-1. Judging by the turn of events so far this season, don't be surprised if Terengganu take the lead again, but I'd expect the LionsXII to comfortably return to winning ways. It's about time they did.
|Prediction: 3-1. The LionsXII might concede first, but they should get their season back on track, and there's no better way for them to do so than in front of their home fans.
The home loss to Pahang FA was unexpected, but the way the supporters backed the LionsXII and applauded them as they came off the pitch at the end was proof of their belief in these boys. Fandi Ahmad has got his charges playing an attractive style of football and that has won over the crowd in his first season already. While Terengganu are second in the league, it's still early days and they are only two points ahead of the LionsXII. I believe the home side will recover and get back to winning ways.
|Prediction: 2-0. The LionsXII will bounce back.
Losing the long-standing unbeaten home record must have stung the LionsXII, but they gave a good account of themselves, enough to spare the brunt of criticism. The mid-week defeat to Jordan where most of the LionsXII players featured again would be another sting the boys would be carrying into this game. That's two defeats in the space of less than a week that needs to be erased. Terengganu won't make it easy, they are second in the table for a reason. But both their away fixtures this season have ended in defeats and that's what LionsXII will be counting on. If the strikers make the chances count and the defence holds up in set-pieces this should be three points in the bag for Fandi and co. Stange lamented after the Jordan game that the Singapore sides have developed a penchant of giving away free-kicks which often result in crucial goals being conceded. He has a point. It happened in the SEA Games, it happened in the Malaysian Super League and it also happened in the Asian Cup qualifiers. That's three different sets of teams committing the same mistake. So, hold off on the silly fouls, and the unecessary free-kicks and this should be easier than the LionsXII thought it could be.
|Prediction: 2-0. Assuming no silly goals are conceded I can't foresee the home side slipping up.