Police have a prolific goal-getter in Ali Ashfaq of Maldives. He and Brazilian Charles Chad have scored 23 goals this season for Police.
PETALING JAYA: Penang are a transformed side.
Premier League leaders Police are aware that they will not face the same Penang team they hammered 5-1 at the MBPJ Stadium on Jan 27.
Police coach Dollah Salleh warned that the northern side have grown by leaps and bounds.
“We have to be more careful this time because Penang have improved. We’re not going to have it easy this time as they have a good record playing at home this season,” said Dollah of the top-of-the table clash at the City Stadium today.
Penang have shown remarkable progress under coach K. Devan and are unbeaten at the City Stadium with five wins and a draw so far.
“We are in better shape to face Police this time,” said Devan.
The former Negri Sembilan and Felda United coach said they will seek to redeem themselves and earn the three points to narrow the gap on Police. The cops, with 35 points, have a comfortable six-point lead over second-placed Penang.
Devan said the team made too many unforced errors previously, allowing Police to score a big win.
“The players have settled down well and their confidence is high. But I must admit that Police are a strong side and have good finishers. The results prove they have the best scoring rate in the competition with 43 goals in 13 matches compared to Penang’s 26.
“We need to capitalise on our home advantage. A win will enable us to make a greater impact on the competition,” said Devan.
However, it is easier said than done because Police have two prolific goal-getters in Ali Ashfaq of Maldives and Brazilian Charles Chad. The duo have scored 23 goals between them this season.