JDT face do-or-die clash, chase first win in 2016 Malaysia Cup

More Malaysia Cup fixtures come on Friday and Saturday, just three days after the exertions of midweek.

With only Kedah and Kelantan assured of places in the quarterfinals, the penultimate group matches are set to offer a glut of action and goals, as the rest fight for the remaining slots into the last eight of country's elite Cup competition.

Here are three thoughts on Matchday 5:

1. JDT face do-or-die test against Cops

After the goalless home draw against Perak on Wednesday, Mario Gomez spoke about the need to sacrifice to focus on other competitions, like defending their Malaysia Super League and AFC Cup titles.

The Argentine's statement hinted that Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) could possibly give up on their quarterfinal quest, having sat bottom of Group C, with only three points. But victory over PDRM FA would quickly revive the Southern Tigers' interest in the only domestic competition they have yet to win.

There are a couple of possible scenarios when it comes to the team who welcome the Cops to Larkin Stadium on Saturday: a full-strength team intent on making a statement in the Cup, or a young outfit who are there simply to get experience, as JDT bow out in the group stages.

2. Selangor's real test begins at Kelantan

The troubled Red Giants were good value in their 3-0 home win against Pahang on Tuesday. But victory did come against a team embroiled in their own crisis, and lacking in direction.

Kelantan will be ideal opponents to test Selangor's resolve. The Red Warriors booked a quarterfinal berth after a 1-0 win against Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, and will welcome K. Gunalan's men in a rich vein of form, having won three of their last four games.

The key to Selangor's victory mission is the prowess of the tournament's leading goal scorer Patrick "Ronaldinho" Wleh. If the Liberian can emulate the predatory instincts which garnered him the match ball against Pahang, Selangor will join Kelantan in the last eight and give their beleaguered fans something to look forward to.

3. Melaka United, Terengganu seek miracles in Group D

As Felda United and Negeri Sembilan lead the group by six points with only two matches remaining, nothing short of a miracle is needed by Melaka United and Terengganu to make the next phase.

To put it into perspective, victory is mandatory against the joint leaders on Friday. Both Melaka and Terengganu will then play each other in the final fixture, which means either side will need Felda or Negeri to slip up, while making up on goal difference as well.

Their journey looks as good as over, but stranger things have happened in football, especially in Malaysia.

Friday: Pahang vs. Kuala Lumpur, Kelantan vs. Selangor, Melaka United vs. Negeri Sembilan, Terengganu vs. Felda United

Saturday: Sarawak vs. Johor Darul Ta'zim, Kedah vs. T-Team, PKNS vs. Perak, JDT vs. PDRM