Crocs gunning for double win over Sime Darby in Selayang


KUCHING: Sarawak will be looking to complete a double win over Sime Darby tonight at the Selayang Municipal Stadium as the Malaysia Super League resumes after a three-week break.

The Crocs had crushed Sime Darby 3-0 at home in January and will be gunning for another win after beating Kelantan 1-0 before the break.

Looking at the statistics, Sime Darby never had an easy meeting with the Crocs but they can look at the positive side of things during their last encounter against the Crocs at the Selayang Municipal Stadium in September last year.

Both teams played to a scoreless draw during the time, which was the 2013 Malaysia Cup competition despite the Sarawak fans out-numbering Sime Darby’s.

Sime Darby will again face a hostile reception from the Sarawak fans as Sarawak have a large fan base in the Klang Valley and its surrounding areas.

With the Sarawak football experiencing a revolution since a few years ago, their fan base have grown even bigger and that has contributed to the fact why the Selayang Municipal Stadium somewhat morphed in their own ground.

Before the league break, Sarawak were impressive after registering a 1-0 victory over a more fancied Kelantan side in Kota Bahru as the Crocs had never won at the Sultan Mohammad IV Stadium since 2002.

Sime Darby on the other hand did not enjoy a good break after losing 4-1 to Pahang just before the break, despite thrashing Kelantan 4-0 earlier on.

On paper, both teams seemed evenly matched as both team won three out of their previous matches and with three points up for grabs, fans who attend the match tonight are surely anticipating a nail-bitting clash.

Speaking to The Borneo Post a few days ago, Sarawak head coach Robert Alberts is happy with the clean bill of health in his squad that is facing Sime Darby tonight.

“We had an injury scare with (central defender) Gabor Gyepes but he’s okay now… and so are the rest of the team,” he added.

Before the break, Gyepes was reported to be suffering a hamstring injury.