Premier League top-of-the-table clash promises some fireworks

Penang's Lee Gil-hoon (centre) controlling the ball during the match against Perlis on May 16. - Bernama

GEORGE TOWN: Get ready for a battle between the best attack and the meanest defence in the Premier League.

That’s what Friday’s top-of-the-table clash between T-Team and Penang at the City Stadium promises.

League leaders T-Team, with 32 goals from 13 games, are in fine form and searching for their 11th straight victory. 

Second-placed Penang, who have only conceded a measly 11 goals so far, will be a tough nut to crack as they have not lost at home in all competitions this year.

T-Team lead the 12-team standings with 32 points – four ahead of Penang and Kedah.

There is an added motivation for T-Team as Penang and Kedah are the only teams they have yet to beat in the Premier League this season.

The two northern states held the league leaders to goalless draws during the opening two weeks of the season.

T-Team coach Tomislav Steinbruckner is playing it cool ahead of the match by claiming that expectations will be higher on Penang to collect three points tonight.

“It’s good if we can make it 11 wins in a row, but I’ll be happy to take home a draw from Penang,” said Steinbruckner.

“We have a four-point advantage ... so, there’s more pressure on Penang to win at home. It’s the top-of-the table match and the result will be important for both teams. But we’re preparing as if it’s just another normal league game.”

Both teams go into tonight’s match in good form. And the outcome of the battle could well hinge on their respective main marksman – T-Team on Uzbek striker Farhod Tadjiyev and Penang on Brazilian ace Alberto Goncalves.

Third-placed Kedah, meanwhile, will be looking to take advantage of a T-Team or Penang slip-up when they host lowly Kuantan FA at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar.

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