PETALING JAYA: The Super League is back after a two-month break, and one of the most anticipated matches will be the Klang Valley derby as Kuala Lumpur will host Selangor at the Cheras Football Stadium today.
Both sides have faced each other 80 times, and the Red Giants have the upper hand with 51 wins, while the City Boys have won the derby 15 times.
In their first match-up this season, both sides shared the spoils when they drew 1-1 at the Petaling Jaya Stadium on March 13.
Kuala Lumpur coach Bojan Hodak said there were no favourites because both sides had shown improvement as the season progressed but warned his players to keep an eye on two of Selangor’s key players – striker Ifedayo Olusegun and midfielder Oliver Buff.
“Ifedayo is currently the league’s top scorer (13 goals), so he will be a threat upfront, and we have to be tight on him. The defenders will have to be on their toes and not allow him much space,” said Hodak.
“Oliver is the brain of that team. He always asks for the ball, and he seems to be their bridge between defence and attack. So it will be dangerous to leave him alone and dictate things.
“Both of them are key, but the others in Selangor are capable of causing problems too, so we just need to be focused and tight.
“In the last one and a half months, we have trained well though I felt that we were short of one or two friendly games.
“We have to make do with what we have based on the current pandemic situation.”
Hodak said new players – striker Kylian Nwabueze, winger J. Partiban and midfielders D. Kenny Pallraj and Ryan Lambert – would be in contention to make their debut for the club.
For Kuala Lumpur, a win would be precious as they would leapfrog Selangor in the standings.
Selangor are currently fifth in the league with 19 points while Kuala Lumpur are just two points behind them in sixth.