LionsXII - Felda United Preview: Lions look to wrap up title against Settlers

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LIONSXII

Izwan
Faritz - Shakir - Safuwan - Irwan

Aqhari - Hariss
Nazrul - Shahril (C) - Faris
Fazrul
FELDA UNITED

Rozaime
Ariff - Mazowa - Shafizan- Rahman
Shafizan - Riduwan - Amar - Azmi
Rudie - Leonel Preux

Tuesday night's match at the Jalan Besar Stadium is not only crucial for Malaysia Super League (MSL) leaders LionsXII, but also for their opponents Felda United, who are currently in the relegation zone. ;

A win for the hosts will see them lifting the MSL trophy in front of the home crowd, while a loss for the Settlers will condemn them to the second-tier Malaysian Premier League next season.

V. Sundramoorthy's side currently lead the table by four points over closest rivals Johor Darul Takzim with two matches to go and they will certainly want to wrap up the title before their penultimate match against Kelantan in their Kota Bahru fortress. ;

Singapore international Baihakki Khaizan will not be playing any part in the final two matches as he is still serving his three-game suspension after picking up his 12th yellow card of the season against Pahang FA.

Joining Baihakki in the stands is midfield lynchpin Isa Halim, who is also suspended.

But there won’t be much of a headache for the team as there are able replacements for the duo, with Shakir Hamzah and Aqhari Abdullah looking most likely to get the nod for the clash.

Skipper Shahril Ishak may have won several titles with the Singapore national team, but the 29-year old is eager to bag his first accolade with a club. ;

The LionsXII, who are currently on a 17-match unbeaten run, have dropped points at home only against Darul Takzim in a 1-1 draw, while comfortably winning every one of the other nine on home soil.

Although the stark contrast in fortunes between the two sides is undeniable, the LionsXII must not be complacent in their pursuit of glory. ;

Felda, who had earlier in the season held the LionsXII to a goalless draw, defied the odds a week ago to clinch a point against Darul Takzim, courtesy of an equaliser from former Malaysian international Rudie Ramli.

With three points and the title in mind for Sundram, do not be surprised if the former Singapore international opts for a cautious approach in the opening stages of the match as all they need is a goal.

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