Canaries fancied to fly high over Perak

PETALING JAYA: The Northern derby clash between Kedah and Perak used to be a fiery affair which could go either way, with the stadium packed to the brim and the players all pumped up to outdo each other for the bragging rights.

But tonight’s Super League encounter between the Canaries and the Seladang at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar is expected to be a one-sided show.

Many are predicting Kedah to roll over an out-of-sorts Perak, who have a poor away record of six losses and one win.

Kedah, on the other hand, boast five wins and two losses out of their seven home matches. They also have the psychological edge of having beaten Perak 4-1 at the Perak Stadium on Feb 25.

Few would bet against Kedah not picking up full points but coach Nafuzi Zain has warned his charges not to take their feet off the pedal as Perak could be a surprise package under interim coach Yusri Che Lah.

“Yusri is a good friend of mine and I know he’s a good coach. When it comes to motivation, preparation and man management, he does a good job. I believe Perak can bounce back under him,’’ said Nafuzi.

“As for us, our motivation and morale are high after our latest win over Sabah on Saturday. I expect a win for us, but it will have to be achieved with the players’ best efforts.’’

After 13 matches, Kedah are fourth in the league with 25 points, while Perak are 11th with nine points.

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