Lions XII travel to Kuching with the hope of extending their wining streak over inconsistent Sarawak. Despite having first choice goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud joining Khairul Amri, Baihakki Khaizan, Agu Casmir, Juma’at Jantan, Shaiful Esah and Shahir Hamzah on their injury list, the team from Singapore is still impressive with their midfielders like Shahril Ishak and Shahdan Sulaiman providing them the goals.
V Sundramoorthy’s team will also be eager to win this game as as they look to match Kelantan whom leads the Malaysian Super League with three points advantage.
Sarawak on the other hand would need to impress in front of an estimated 20,000 fans as Vedran Muratovic shall again be given the opportunity to silent his critics, including coach Robert Alberts. However, the task is indeed daunting as Robert Alberts is set to loose his key midfielder Guy Bwele due to suspension. It was also reported that influential Azizan Baba is out injured, hence forcing Alberts to possibly include Sharol Saperi in his starting line up.
There is however reason to smile for Alberts as Hairol Mokhtar and Ashri Chuchu both return. Hairol whom came in as a substitute in the game against T-Team is also expected to regain his captaincy after Bwele took over in his absence. Ashri is also expected to start with Alberts having little to choose from with Azizan and Bwele both injured.
This encounter is much anticipated as local Sarawakians regard Lions XII as the Singapore team which used to play in the Malaysian league a decades ago. However, Sarawak will surely use their home advantage to the maximum and try hard to deny the visiting team any points. The game is expected to be televised over ASTRO ARENA.
Prediction: Sarawak 2-1 Lions XII