PETALING JAYA: Felda United are ready to play the party pooper in the race to qualify for the Malaysia Cup quarter-finals.
Felda, Selangor and Melaka have seven points each, but the Fighters are third due to goal difference in Group D.
Bottom-placed Police, with five points, still have an outside chance if they win their match against Melaka at the Hang Jebat Stadium tonight.
Only the top two teams in each group qualify for the last eight.
Felda will host Selangor at the Tun Abdul Razak Stadium in Jengka and team coach Nidzam Jamil said they hope to squeeze past the more fancied sides.
“In this group, I see Selangor and Melaka as the favourites to advance based on the quality of their players and their squad’s depth. To overcome opponents like them, we need to work doubly hard and stay focused throughout the match, ” said Nidzam.
“We have a tough 90 minutes but I still believe it’s anyone’s game.
“We escaped the Super League relegation in the final match of the season and I don’t see why we can’t do the same in the Malaysia Cup.
“The race is still wide open and we hope we’ll be one of the two teams making the quarters, ” said the former international.
“After playing three Cup ties, we only had a point to show but we managed to turn our fortune around in the last two matches with wins over Police (1-0) and Melaka (3-1).
“Our players always raised their game when the chips are down, so we are confident.”
Felda held the Red Giants to a 2-2 draw in their earlier group clash at the Shah Alam Stadium on Aug 3.
However, this time around they will be without Japanese hitman Kei Ikeda who will be serving one-match suspension after he was sent off against Police.
Selangor, who drew 1-1 with Melaka last week, are expected to be boosted with the return of Brazilian attacking midfielder Sandro Mendonca and winger Syazwan Zainon from injuries.