Can the LionsXII bounce back from their heartbreaking home defeat against Kelantan and take all three points against Sarawak? Our boys give their opinion on the match on Saturday
What a cruel way it was for the LionsXII to lose like that to Kelantan. Definitely not a nice thing to lose the game right at the death. But that's exactly what they inflicted on ATM FA the week before, scoring a last minute winner. So the boys do have what it takes to get a result away from home. Well, they have to if they want to climb up the table. Sarawak have won their last two games at home, but the LionsXII will not want to lose any more points after the points dropped at Jalan Besar Stadium. They can ill afford to lose again, and their fighting spirit should see them have the ability to edge their opponents here.
|Prediction: 1-2. LionsXII will want to set the record straight and return to winning ways after a painful result against Kelantan.
Time and again, the issue of putting the ball in the back of the net has haunted the LionsXII. That was exactly the case against Kelantan last weekend, where more clinical finishing would have seen them go at least two goals up. When you don't put away your chances, you get punished - especially when you contrive to make defensive mistakes. While Sarawak are not a particularly strong side, you would have to say that the odds are against Fandi's men for this. But if Amri can come up with the goods, I can see them not going home empty-handed.
|Prediction: 1-1. A draw will be a good result.
East Malaysia would be the last place you would want to go if you're looking to recover from a disappointing home loss. Sarawak are no pushovers and with the support of the home fans, the LionsXII better be in the right frame of mind from the first whistle. Hopefully the memories of last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Kelantan would be behind them, and it's certainly time for captain Isa Halim, who described his defensive lapse that led to the visitor's winning goal, as the lowest moment of his career, to rise to the occasion. A win would be too much to ask again, but it all comes down to how the Lions shape up in defence. If they can hold their fort and stop Sarawak from scoring they'd have the chance to hit them on the counter. But if they show even a glimpse of crack as they did last weekend, they'd have a mountain to climb.
|Prediction: 1-1. I can't see Fandi allowing his team to slip-up two games in a row but they are still short of a win.