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Which players would make up a combined Kedah-JDT best XI?

6:12 pm AEDT 1/11/17
Johor Darul Ta'zim's S. Kunanlan (middle) vies for the ball with Kedah players 20/1/2017
Kedah's Ken Ilso makes the cut and the same goes for JDT's Gabriel Guerra, find out who else made it to the combined XI.

This Saturday sees Kedah take on Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) in the final of the 2017 Malaysia Cup. It's a meeting between arguably the two best teams in the country and judging by the way both teams are coming up with the pre-match banters, it looks to be a sizzling end in store for the fans.

Both teams have quality players in their side but like any comparison of teams, both teams have better and lesser quality players comparatively to each other. Goal pick up "Best Combined XI" from the two set of players, based on the players who are fit and could feature in the final at Shah Alam Stadium in a few days' time without the nationality restrictions in a 4-3-3 formation.

While Kedah's Ifwat Akmal is a promising goalkeeper, at this point in time, JDT's Izham Tarmizi is the undisputed number one in the country. Not the tallest of custodions but Izham has a great command of his box and is good with his deliveries as well. The same could be in the fight for the left back slot, where Fazly Mazlan's energy and pace sees him getting in ahead of Fitir Omar.

At right back it's the battle between current national team preferred choice against a former one. Rizal Ghazali will get the nod over the older S. Kunanlan. The former has an amazing recovery in his to combat any disadvantageous situations as well as being a great asset in attacking positions.

The pairing at the heart of the defence is Fadhli Shas and Zac Anderson as both have been the most consistent amongst the others that consist of Khairul Helmi, Junior Eldstal and Aidil Zafuan. Fadhli is coming into his own towards the end of this season while Anderson is an absolute presence at the back.

In midfield, it would be Ignacio 'Natxo' Insa operating in a slighlty more withdrawn role than what he is usually accustomed to in JDT. The former Levante star has the range of passing and vision to be the first line of playmaker from a deeper position. 

Flanking Insa will be the duo of Safiq Rahim and Liridon Krasniqi. There's the passing and creativity of Safiq and the incredible close control and dribbling skills of Liridon which would open up most defences. Afiq Fazail, Amirul Hisyam and Akram Mahinan may eventually get there one day but at the moment, have not shown enough to overtake this trio.

The attacking triumvirate up front will be without Mohammed Ghaddar. The Lebanese isn't in great form of late and it's hard to overlook the influence of Ken Ilso. The Dane is proving that age is just a number as he continues to rack up the goals up front for Kedah. 

Alongside Ilso will be the Argentine duo from JDT, Gabriel Guerra and Gonzalo Cabrera. They are almost similar players in the sense that they are both light on their feet and likes to run with the ball. Their understanding with each other is also a great tool, as was seen in the semi-final against Perak.

Would this XI be the same as you would have selected?