Here are my match ups as published in today's Mailsport.
Negri Sembilan v Selangor (Paroi Stadium, 8.45pm)
Fresh from winning the Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup, Negri are determined to prove their win was no flash in the pan. Despite a string of ‘youngsters’, the Deers are capable of outplaying Selangor in Paroi. Nevertheless, Selangor are eager to start on a good footing and could settle for a draw.
Prediction: Negri Sembilan 1 Selangor 1
Perak v Terengganu (Perak Stadium, 8.45pm)
Terengganu may have enjoyed success last season but they have lost several players and would now have to start fresh. Perak, meanwhile, still have the majority of last year’s players including Akmal Rizal Rakhli and Chan Wing Hoong. Also, the Seladangs will have better ammunition with the likes of Serbian Lazar Popovic upfront.
Prediction: Perak 2 Terengganu 0
Felda United v Sabah (Hang Jebat Stadium, 4.45pm)
Sabah struggled to play decent friendly matches prior the start of the season and this could severely handicap them as they play the big boys in the Super League. Felda United, meanwhile, are in a better position judging from their preparation last month and could steal all three points.
Prediction: Felda United 3 Sabah 0
Sarawak v KL (Sarawak Stadium, 8.15pm)
KL are in doldrums and with main hitman Stanley Bernard Samuel sidelined, they could face an uphill battle in Kuching. Sarawak are eager to prove their worth having earned a promotion to the Super League this season and could very well edge the city lads.
Prediction: Sarawak 1 KL 0
T-Team v Kedah (Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Shah Stadium, 8.45pm)
T-Team turned heads last season. Kedah, meanwhile, are eager to regain their glory days. It will be an interesting clash between the two teams and it could end up with a stalemate.
Prediction: T-Team 2 Kedah 2
LionsXII v Kelantan (Jalan Besar Stadium)
The Singaporeans are back in the form of the LionsXII. It is unclear who is their 12th player but the Lions are hungry for success and what better way than to crush Kelantan. However, the Red Warriors suffered a bruised ego after losing their battle against Negri Sembilan in the Sultan Ahmad Shah Cup and are adamant of hunting down the Lions in their own den.
Prediction: Kelantan 2 LionsXII 1
PKNS v Johor FC (PJ Stadium, 8.45pm)
K.Devan seems to have a “Midas touch” especially in the first season of every new team he takes on. Now coaching Johor FC, Devan is adamant the southern team enjoy a fruitful season ahead by managing a comfortable win over PKNS at Kelana Jaya tonight.
Prediction: PKNS 0 Johor FC 2
HD says: May the best team win.