BY NIK AFIQ Follow on Twitter
Sarawak will welcome the champions, Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) in positive mood after David Usop’s men collected three points in a 5-goal thriller against PKNS FC last weekend.
The Crocodiles were impressive against PKNS FC away from home last weekend, with Mateo Roskam, Mark Hartmann and Hafiz Abu Bakar all finding the back of the net.
David Usop described their win against PKNS as lucky but nonetheless, happy with the three points collected.
However, for captain Ronny Harun, it is time for the players to give their fans something to cheer about when playing at their own turf.
According to Malaysia Updates, Ronny said: “Our fans are suffering as we haven’t given them much to cheer about at home.”
Ronny is hoping that the win against PKNS would give them a boost as they are facing JDT, who themselves had an impressive result, a 3-0 win over T-Team.
Hartmann excelled in a withdrawn role against PKNS and could again be used in that position to maximize his increasingly lethal shots from distance.
Before the game against T-Team, JDT fans weren’t happy with the team’s display as the Southern Tigers seemed slow in hitting top gear this season.
However, Gabriel Guerra’s hat-trick last weekend could indicate that the champions are finally ready to step up their title defence.
Benjamin Mora, JDT’s head coach was full of praise, especially with his local players and he believed that the experience of local players in his squad can stir them to victory.
“We have won several games using only local strikers, while other teams are still depending heavily on their foreign strikers,” said Mora to ESPN FC.
Mora started the game against The Titans with nine local players, and he is aiming for another win when they face Sarawak as they need to chase the leaders at the top.
Brian Ferreira seems to have move down the pecking order behind Hazwan Bakri, with Hadi Fayyah and Darren Lok still to feature, the Argentine is staring at a bleak immediate playing time with JDT.
JDT are currently 5th in the table with eight points, six points behind leader Kedah but the Southern Tigers still have a game in hand.
For Sarawak, a win could move them up as high as 5th, bringing them further away from the relegation zone.