PETALING JAYA: Table-toppers Selangor have virtually shut the door on MK Land from a place in the Super League next season and now the Red Giants hope to inflict further pain and show the club side the exit in the FA Cup competition.
The two sides meet in a second-round first-leg match at the Selayang Municipal Council Stadium tonight.
The two sides had battled hard for the top spot in Premier League Group A. But MK Land have slipped to third place with 33 points. With five more matches to go, Selangor lead on 40 points ahead of Kedah (36 points).
Selangor went into their campaign this season with a star-studded cast but MK Land brought them down to earth with a 3-2 win at the Shah Alam Stadium in the first round.
But Selangor with Indonesians Bambang Pamungkas and Elie Aiboy, Argentine Brian Fuentes and local striker Khalid Jamlus in their side avenged the defeat, winning the second round match 3-2.
Selangor coach Dollah Salleh said that the score was now even and he was aware of the threat posed by MK Land’s prolific striker Marlon Alex James, the leading scorer in the Premier League with 23 goals, including a record six in the team’s last home win over Brunei (6-1) on Sunday.
“It is no ordinary feat to score six goals in a match. He (Marlon) also scored against us in both the league matches. So we are going to keep a close watch on him,” said Dollah.
Last season, MK Land just fell short of winning promotion to the Super League. They finished three points behind Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ).
This time, MK Land are seven points adrift of Selangor and they have a slim chance of gaining promotion.