PETALING JAYA: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) and Police are looking to redeem themselves in their Super League match at the Shah Alam Stadium on Saturday.
Super League champions JDT were knocked out in the second round of the AFC Champions League qualifying stage with a 3-0 defeat to Thai side Bangkok Glass FC last Wednesday.
Premier League champions Police received a rude welcome into the top division after losing 5-3 to Lions XII in their opener last week.
JDT coach Bojan Hodak, who watched the Lions-Police match in Singapore, said that despite the defeat the Super League newcomers are a quality side. He expects a tough battle as both teams will be looking to bounce back after their demoralising defeats.
“Police suffered a big defeat and they are now desperate to put things right. And every team in the M-League want to beat JDT,” said Hodak.
“Although they lost, Police managed to score three goals. They have good foreign players. With striker Ali Ashfaq and (Dramane) Traore and winger (Mohamadou) Sumareh leading their attacks, you can’t take them lightly.
“Their winger Nurul Azwan Roya and skipper Mohd Muslim Ahmad have played for us before and a former player would be out to prove a point. It will definitely be a hard fought match.”
The 44-year-old Croatian added that he will make a few tweaks to the line-up as his players are feeling fatigued after their midweek match in Bangkok. The Southern Lions, however will be bolstered by the return of strikers Mohd Safee Sali and Argentinian striker Luciano Figueroa from injuries.
“I have told the players that every point and goal count in the Super League if we want to win it,” said Hodak.
“We will have to rest Safiq (Rahim) while Marcos (Santos) is 50-50 for the match. I will need to check on Junior (Eldstal) as he’s down with fever.”
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