Malaysian Super League Preview: Negeri Sembilan vs Terengganu

The Deers were tamed by the Turtles 1-0 last Saturday, courtesy of an S.Kunalan own goal which separated both sides in a tight affair. 

Terengganu will however be eager to keep this momentum going, after suffering defeats to Selangor and Negeri Sembilan in the their last two matches.

Mat Zan Mat Aris’ men have hauled themselves back into title contention after a vital home win to Negeri, despite sitting nine points behind leaders LionsXII.

Liberian striker Francis Doe will shoulder the task of getting the goals against the often shaky Negeri defence, who have the second worst defensive record in the league having conceded 22 goals so far.

Negeri coach Mohd Azraai Khai will rely on his impressive strike-force combination of Jean-Emmanuel Effa and Ahmad Shakir who have 12 goals between them this season, to unsettle the Terengganu rear-guard. 

Former national midfielder Shukor Adan is also slowly finding his form as the league progresses, he will be the creative outlet to pull the strings in midfield alongside the nippy S. Kunalan who plays extremely well off the shoulders of defenders.

Negeri Sembilan will be banking on home crowd advantage to inspire them to 3 points; a win could send the Deers as high as fourth place.

Mat Zan may be tempted to make some changes to rotate his squad ahead of their clash against Song Lam Nghe An next week, where the Turtles stand a good chance of progressing to the knockout stages.

This North-South duel is bound to be an absorbing affair with both teams eager to make a fresh start going into the second round of fixtures in the Super League.

A draw looks most likely on the cards, unless someone comes up with something inspirational to turn match winner.

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