GEORGE TOWN: Leaders Kedah insist their double quest for promotion and the Premier League title will get back on track tonight.
The Red Eagles are eager to bounce back against Sabah at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar on Tuesday night following their shock 2-0 loss to Negri Sembilan in Paroi last Friday.
The second loss of the season left Kedah (42 points) with a three-point lead over both Penang and T-Team with two games to go.
Only the top two teams earn promotion to next season’s Super League.
Kedah coach Tan Cheng Hoe has shrugged off the loss to Negri as a minor blip.
“There is no cause for concern. It was one of those days in football when you totally control a game but still end up losing. We created most of the chances but Negri scored through a counter-attack and a set-piece,” said Cheng Hoe.
He added: “We are in total control of our own destiny – win the remaining two games and we’re champions.”
Sabah were among the frontrunners during the first half of the season, but have dropped off alarmingly in recent matches.
The Rhinos, seventh in the 12-team standings on 27 points, are heading to Alor Setar on the back of a 0-4 drubbing by Penang at the City Stadium last Friday.
But Cheng Hoe remains cautious of the east Malaysian outfit.
He said: “Sabah are a roller-coaster team. Their results are unpredictable and we don’t know what to expect from them tomorrow (today). We will treat them with respect.”
Kedah will be without influential Albanian playmaker Liridon Krasniqi, who is suspended after picking up his third booking of the season against Negri.
But the good news for Kedah is chief striker Chidi Edeh is nearing full fitness after a groin injury. The Nigerian forward, who fired a hat-trick in Kedah’s 3-2 win over Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) II last Tuesday, has been given the green light to lead the Red Eagles’ attack.
After facing the Rhinos, Kedah’s last assignment is an away match against DRB-Hicom on Friday.
Second-placed Penang are at home to DRB-Hicom while T-Team entertain bottom side SPA Putrajaya in Kuala Terengganu.
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