KUCHING: Like the clash of the ‘El Classico’, the much anticipated Premier League match between Sarawak and Sime Darby at State Stadium, Petra Jaya tonight is crucial for both teams vying for the champion’s trophy.

On paper, the Crocs are capable of becoming party spoilers for the unbeaten Sime Darby because of its almost perfect home ground record and that both teams settled for a scoreless draw in their first meeting.

Head coach Robert Alberts yesterday told the local football heroes not to take the visitors lightly even though the Crocs had so far remained unbeaten at home in all of their previous Premier League matches.

Instead, he reminded the players to be wary and take advantage of the opportunity of playing at home while doing away with any form complacency that may affect their minds.

“Whatever the case, we must win the match… a win will guarantee us the crown,” said Alberts to the Crocs during their training session yesterday.

“This is our best chance to overtake them and to become the champion,” he enthused.

According to Alberts, the players’ main concern should be on how to thwart the visiting forward’s attempts to cause early damage and the onslaught is expected to be led by their leading hitman, Karlo Primorac from Croatia.

Karlo had proven to be a menace to other team’s defence line because of his agility and he had scored a hat-trick in the past two games.

“I am confi dent that Sime Darby certainly have a different strategy this time round…we have to be careful,” the Dutchman said.

“The players are in top form to beat Sime Darby and I am confident we will be able to collect the three points,” the coach said while giving some hints on the possibility for the Crocs to have a change of strategy.

A good thrashing of Sime Darby tonight will cement the Crocs’ position in next year’s Super League and to enable them seize the title as the top team to beat since the Premier League began in January.

Both teams are unbeaten so far and are separated by only two points with the Crocs trailing Sime Darby with 37 points.

Source: The Borneo Post