PREVIEW: Selangor face rivals PKNS needing to bounce back from Malaysia Cup defeats
PKNS' Safee Sali (right) vies for the ball against Selangor's Ugo Ukah 4/2/2017
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Selangor need to defeat local rivals PKNS this Wednesday, and this preview is brought to you by UBERMEN.

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The Super League action resumes this Wednesday after over a month of break in the competition, with the 20th round. Although the previous round saw JDT crowned league champions for the fourth consecutive time, there is still a lot to fight for in the coming three rounds for the remaining eleven sides. 

One fixture on Wednesday involves two teams with a lot left to finish; Selangor and PKNS FC at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium.

BACKGROUND

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Although the match-up may not be as attention-grabbing as the East Coast derbies or the matches between JDT and Pahang; the so-called Selangor Derby is not without its importance and inherent grudges.

The Red Giants are currently fifth on 30 points, but they still retain the slim possibility of finishing in second after the final matchday, and qualifying for the AFC Cup next season.

The Red Ants meanwhile are seventh with 21 points, and although their gap with Selangor is a little too big, they are still too close for comfort from the relegation zone; from eleventh-placed Sarawak (17 points).

The last time the two sides met was earlier in the season; a February 2 league encounter at the Shah Alam Stadium which ended in a shock 5-3 win for the side that until then had always been regarded as Selangor's 'little brother'.

On Wednesday, it is imperative for the Red Giants to avenge that defeat in front of their own fans, to repair their wounded pride against PKNS, as well as to ensure their chances of finishing in second remain alive. Furthermore, they have lost their latest two matches; their Malaysia Cup encounters against JDT and Kedah.

CURRENT FORMS

At the very least, both sides will want to use the encounter to bounce back from their poor current forms. Wednesday's hosts have won only two and lost three matches out of their previous five matches, while the visitors have won one and lost four.

However when looking at their home/away records, the hosts have a slight advantage, having won three of their previous home matches, and lost two. PKNS meanwhile won two and lost three.

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RECENT RECORD

True to its reputation as a local derby, recent encounters involving the two sides have always been close affairs. Out of their past five encounters, Selangor have won two, PKNS one, with the remaining two games having ended in draws.

But one particular record is most telling; the Red Ants have never beaten the Red Giants when Selangor are the hosts, since 2004.

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VERDICT

Although the visitors last week parted ways with head coach Sven Gartung (a news that have slipped by the attention of many observers), they can always be depended on to produce a positive result against their former 'big brothers'. If Selangor fail to win this match, it will most likely end in a draw.

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