High-flying LIONSXII face Terengganu test

Despite coming fresh off a 9-0 win over Sabah, Malaysia Super League leaders LIONSXII will have good reason to be wary of Terengganu when they meet on Tuesday.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff

The LIONSXII maintained their six-point lead at the top of the table on Saturday as they thumped the Sabahawks at the Jalan Besar Stadium to show they aren't about to give up on the title without a fight, even though second-placed Kelantan still have five games in hand.

But despite morale being an all-time high after the resounding victory, V. Sundramoorthy's charges will be cautious as they travel to the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium on Tuesday to meet Terengganu, a side they have failed to beat in three meetings already this season.

The Turtles beat the LIONSXII 1-0 in the league back in January, before eliminating them from the quarter-finals of the Malaysia FA Cup 1-0 on aggregate.

And while Mat Zan Mat Aris, the man that masterminded those victories, has since left the club, recently-appointed coach Peter Butler also has recorded a win over the Singapore outfit this season - a 1-0 win with Kelantan on the opening week of the campaign.

Nonetheless, Sundramoorthy's selection headaches up front were slightly eased on Saturday as misfiring striker Agu Casmir found some form, while Sufian Anuar came off the bench to grab a goal as well and showed no signs of being hindered by injury.

Defending champions Kelantan will be eager to pounce on any slip-up by their titles rivals when they meet bottom side Kuala Lumpur, in what should be a straightforward encounter for the Red Warriors. The City Boys have only picked up three points all season long and missed an excellent opportunity to pick up their first win of the campaign on Saturday, when they were held to a 1-1 draw by PKNS FC after failing to hold on to their lead.

However, Kelantan coach Bojan Hodak is keen for his players to avoid complacency after admitting they were slightly fortunate to beat Kedah 2-1 on Saturday, having had to do without the services of Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Farisham Ismail and Obinna Nwaneri.

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"We were a little bit lucky to win as we had an injury crisis," Hodak told The Star. "The Kedah players showed individual brilliance but couldn't get the goals.

"We couldn't play our normal game due to the injuries to our key players but the team showed great character. Their never-say-die atttitude once again secured us the full points."

Third-placed Selangor, who have been inconsistent all season long, can make it three wins in a row when they take on T-Team at the Shah Alam Stadium, although failure to get all three points could see Perak leapfrog them into third. Seladang play Felda United in their game at the Perak Stadium.

Sabah will hope to put the nightmare of their 9-0 loss to LIONSXII behind them when they entertain PKNS, sixth-placed Negri Sembilan host Sarawak, while Kedah travel to play Johor FC in a crucial relegation battle.

Tuesday's Malaysia Super League Fixtures

Sabah vs PKNS FC

Kuala Lumpur vs Kelantan

Terengganu vs LIONSXII

Selangor vs T-Team

Negri Sembilan vs Sarawak

Perak vs Felda United

Johor FC vs Kedah



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