Sarawak are all set to extend their unbeaten streak to 19 when they meet KL Pos Malaysia FC at Selayang City Council Stadium in a match to be played during a late afternoon.
Despite being inconsistent in the league, Pos Malaysia’s ability can’t be underestimated as they beat Sarawak rivals Sabah last weekend at Selayang Stadium.
In fact, the all local Pos Malaysia team may be the more relaxed of the two teams as they are almost certain to escape relegation with eight point clear of Kuala Lumpur, which stands second from the bottom.
The Crocs however will come into the game with nothing less than a win on their minds.
The pressure is on for the unbeaten Sarawak side as their closest nemesis, Sime Darby FC awaits for the moment to regain the league lead if a slip was to happen. With one point between them, Sarawak is in danger of loosing the crown of the Malaysian Premier League if they are defeated or held by Pos Malaysia.
For that reason alone, it is certain that Robert Alberts will continue to remind his boys to stay focused, and take one game at the time.
It is hugely expected that Roberts will not change his line-up too much as he looks to the likes of top scorer Bobby Gonzales to continue his goal scoring spree, with the help of Muamer Salibasic, playing the supporting role behind the Sabahan.
Zamri Morshidi and Sharol Saperi will be at the flanks as usual, and Guy Bwele and Junior Eldstal will be expected to control the Sarawak engine room.
For the back line, the concentration of the usual suspects in Ramesh Lai, Hairol Mokhtar, Mafry Ballang and Ronny Harun will be essential to keep Pos Malaysia at bay, and Sani Anuar is a definite pick between the post.
It will be yet again interesting to see if Sarawak can extend their winning streak to seven, but Sarawak fans such as Mohamad Fadzil are claiming such question is a ‘bonus questions’, hence showcasing the amount of confidence playing among the Crocs fans.
Others, such as Abgmuhaditsiin Acin remain hopeful the game outcome would favour the Crocs, knowing that overconfidence is not good.
Regardless of what the fans predict, an easy match can turn horrendous if Sarawak under-estimates their opponents, which is why Roberts needs to ensure his boys come into the game with three points behind their minds.