Four teams to slug it out for promotion

  • Football
  • Saturday, 20 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: Which team will be joining Sabah in the Super League next season?

The question will be answered today as four teams – Police, UiTM, Negri Sembilan and Penang – will be slugging it out in the final Premier League matches for the second promotion spot to the big league next year.

Police are currently in the driver’s seat as they are third with 30 points, while UiTM and Negri are fourth and fifth respectively with 28 points. Penang are also in the hunt with 27 points.

Even though Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) II are second in the league with 33 points, they will not be eligible for promotion due to their status as a feeder club to JDT in the Super League.

So what would be the ideal situation for all the four teams?

Police, who last played in the Super League in 2016, need to beat Penang today at the Hang Jebat Stadium if they want to seal third spot in the league.

And if they want to topple JDT off the second spot, they have to beat the Panthers by more than eight goals in Melaka.

E. Elavarasan, who was roped in by Police in April to steady the ship, wants nothing but a win.

He has helped the team move from 11th to their current third spot in the league.

“We’ve to win to seal our spot in the Super League next year. Draw or defeat will not do for us,” he said.

“Many predicted that we would be relegated from the Premier League but now we are in the driver’s seat for promotion. Our team will save the best for last.”

But if Penang beat Police, they will be hoping for UiTM and Negri to draw level at the UiTM Stadium in Shah Alam today to stand a chance.

In 2017, Penang were relegated from the Super League after they finished last with only 12 points.

UiTM, led by Ismail Zakaria, will have to beat Negri and hope for a draw between Police and Penang. The university side have been playing in the Premier League since 2013 and are aiming to play in the Super League for the first time.

Negri are also in the same predicament as they need to beat UiTM and hope for a Police-Penang draw.

Mat Zan Mat Aris’ side were relegated from the Super League last season after an abysmal season that saw them finishing bottom with 15 points.

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