By ESPNSTAR.com staff
ATM, who will be playing in Malaysia's top flight next season after winning the Premier League earlier in the year, are currently top of Group B after picking up seven points from their opening three games.
Following impressive triumphs over Kedah and Terengganu, the Armed Forces were held to their first draw of the campaign on Tuesday by reigning Super League champions Kelantan, who had Obinna Nwaneri to thank after his late strike cancelled out Marlon Alex James' 55th-minute opener.
And having led the Red Warriors to their maiden Malaysia Cup win back in 2010, Sathianathan is now looking to create history with ATM by guiding them to their first last-eight appearance in 27 years, something he believes they can seal with three points at the Sultan Mohammad IV Stadium on Saturday.
"We are still leading the group and for a Premier League team playing in this tough group, we are in a good position," he told the New Straits Times.
"We need another three points to qualify because Kelantan must still play Terengganu and Kedah, who are the dark horses in the group."
In the group's other game, Terengganu entertain Kedah at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium.
Over in Group D, Selangor will be looking to build on Tuesday's 1-0 win over T-Team when they take on the Young Turtles at the Shah Alam Stadium.
After picking up one point from their opening two games, the Red Giants finally got going thanks to Safiq Rahim's 80th-minute penalty, and another win this weekend would see them get their bid for a 33rd title firmly back on track.
Group leaders Pahang travel to Sarawak looking to keep alive their unbeaten run in the competition.
Negri Sembilan head to Perak knowing a win would keep them top of Group C, while Felda United and Sime Darby face off at the Majlis Perbandaran Selayang Stadium looking to capitalise on any slip-up by the leaders.
Fianlly in Group A, LIONSXII entertain Johor, while PKNS FC travel to Johor FC.
Saturday's Malaysia Cup Fixtures
LIONSXII vs Johor
Johor FC vs PKNS
Kelantan vs ATM
Terengganu vs Kedah
Perak vs Negri Sembilan
Sime Darby vs Felda United
Sarawak vs Pahang
Selangor vs T-Team