* JDT counting on Luciano Figueroa – the Argentine Lucky Charm
* Felda could be a handful for the Southern Tigers
There is no denying that there is tremendous pressure on defending champions Johor Darul Takzim to retain the Super League title when they cross paths with a hardened Felda United in their final match at the Selayang Stadium on Saturday.
However, their convincing 4-1 win over Perak has put JDT in the driving seat and it will be THE match which will draw the crowd to the Selayang Stadium as the champions trophy will be presented to JDT if they win the tie.
The Southern Tigers put up a classy performance at the Larkin Stadium on Wednesday – giving clear signals that the Johor outfit is in no mood to surrender the title they won last year.
The 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Kelantan in Kota Bahru before the Perak match has woke up the Tigers from their slumber…and probably over confidence also played a part in the embarassing defeat to the Red Warriors.
In coach Mario Gomez’s own words “forget the matches against Kelantan and Perak and look to the next (against Felda United) as it is more important.
“The title is at stake and we have to win it to bring back the Cup. We showed hunger against Perak and I want the same against Felda.
“Felda is strong and experienced team. We cannot underrate them at any cost,” said Gomez in his halting English.
Figueroa has been JDT’s lucky charm. The Argentine creates goals out of the blue and has the knack of scoring goals that leave opponents awed and he could once again do the same at Selayang.
A draw or defeat against Felda United for JDT and a win by Pahang against Terengganu will see goals as the deciding factor as who will be the 2015 Super League champions.
For now JDT are in the driving seat and sit on the top with 46 points after 21 matches while Pahang slipped to second on 44 while Selangor are third on 36 after a 3-0 win over Kelantan at the Shah Alam Stadium.
Figueroa has 11 goals to his credit and what makes him outstanding is his ability to find the net either with his feet or his head.