Sarawak are set to field an all-local striking line-up when they face PKNS FC this Saturday. This is following Robert Alberts recent comments in local papers which suggest that Vedran Muratovic will not be playing for Sarawak as he is now dropped from the squad. On paper, Sarawak seem to have the advantage having more wins than PKNS who are now so called ‘draw experts’ of the Malaysian Super League (MSL).
In the last game, Sarawak showed great composure when they overwhelmed an unimpressive Malaysian selection in a friendly neither teams won. However, the league is indeed a different game with Sarawak hoping to make amends to their unfortunate defeat to the Lions XII.
Leading the pack would be Guy Bwele whom has been instrumental in the midfield for Sarawak. His capabilities in ball shielding and passing has made him a key man in Robert Alberts plans, but his hardwork and fighting spirit on the field has made him a crowd favourite. Guy most probably will be assisted by Azizan Baba, Ashri Chuchu and Rashid Aya whom have been fantastic as well. Up-front, Zamri Morshidi is expected to start alongside K Rajan, but Alberts might just be tempted to play Muratovic since he will still be eligible to play.
The defence of Sarawak which is considered to be one of the best will feature regular Hairol Mokhtar, Yosri Derma Raju, Dzulazlan Ibrahim and Ramesh Lai. However, Alberts might be tempted to feature Sahran Abdul Samad and Ronald Denis whom have shown good composure in Sarawak’s draw with the Malaysian selection last weekend.
PKNS are ninth in the league and are set to push for their second victory at home after holding eight teams to a draw so far. The Klang valley team is coached by experienced Haji Abdul Rahman Ibrahim and they accompanied Sarawak to promotion last year, striking first place. Philemon Chipeta is set to feature as the Zambian leads PKNS front lines in effort to penetrating Sarawak’s defence. However, Sarawak must be wary of midfielder M. Dzulkifli, whom has been scoring goals for the team with another local defender H. Remeli coming second.
PKNS has been impressive by holding teams like Perak, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah and Terrenganu, but they have also failed to beat teams like Felda United, Kuala Lumpur and Johor FC whom were beaten by Sarawak.
Sarawak will be eager to continue their impressive brand of attacking football when they take on PKNS this weekend, and despite PKNS’s good results against the major teams, statistics show that PKNS tend to under-perform against teams which are similar to their league standings. With that in mind, Sarawak is set to win this game in front of a near empty stadium.
Prediction: PKNS 0-4 Sarawak