MSL round 22: Where can teams end up in and what's left to fight for?

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There's something for everyone in the final round of the 2018 Malaysia Super League this weekend.

BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter

The final round of the 2018 Malaysia Super League (MSL) is upon us this weekend, and although JDT have run away with the title almost a month ago while the two relegation sides were confirmed last weekend, there are still a lot to fight for.

The second place finish, and a possible spot in the AFC Champions League playoff, is a three-way battle between second Perak, Pahang in third and Terengganu in fourth.

The final league standings will also determine the clubs' seedings for the Malaysia Cup next month, with JDT and Perak's slots in the first pot already secured. The remaining two slots in the four-team Pot 1 will be determined between Pahang and Terengganu, and also PKNS FC in fifth and kedah in sixth.

Interestingly, apart from JDT, Melaka United in seventh are the only side whose final match result will not affect their standings as they are four points behind Kedah, and four points ahead of Selangor in eighth.

As teams finishing the season from fifth through eighth places will be placed in Pot 2 of the cup, three teams will be clamouring for the eighth-place finish; Selangor, Kuala Lumpur in ninth and PKNP FC in tenth.

Although Negeri Sembilan in 11th and Kelantan in 12th, both on 15 points, have confirmed their relegation last weekend, they will still battle for the 11th spot; the final Malaysia Cup slot in the MSL. The last-place finishers meanwhile will take part in the inaugural edition of the Challenge Cup instead.

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