IPOH: Penang are in dire straits, lying last but one in the Super League and losing their last two matches against Perlis and bottom-placed Kedah.
But they have some consolation as they prepare to entertain Perak in their second-round Super League match at Batu Kawan Stadium on Saturday.
Perak, who are third in the standings, will be without their top marksman Frank Seator.
The former Liberian international collected his third yellow card in Perak's come-from-behind 2-1 win over Kedah at Alor Star on Tuesday and has to sit out the mandatory one-match ban.
Seator scored twice as Perak humiliated Penang 4-0 in the first round in March. Liew Kit Kong netted the other two goals.
Seator is also Perak's leading scorer with five goals to date in the league.
He was also on target with the equaliser against Kedah.
The nippy Liberian has also scored four goals in the AFC Cup and two more in the FA Cup.
Without Seator, our forwardline will certainly be weakened against Penang but V. Saravanan and Khalid Jamlus can still deliver, said Perak assistant coach Zakaria Mohamed.
And there is also Kit Kong, the scorer of the other two goals against Penang, he said.
Seator will not be the only absentee at Batu Kawan.
Zakaria and team manager Datuk Jamal Nasir Rasdi will also missing as both will be in Beijing, China for the AFC Cup quarter-finals draw on Saturday.