Subramaniam warns of 'dangerous' Kelantan ahead of PKNS clash in MSL
Kelantan centre-back S. Subramaniam believes the East Coast side will be a "dangerous" proposition as they prepare to play their first game of the 2017 Malaysia Super League (MSL) season against PKNS FC on Friday night.
The Red Warriors' first match against Melaka United last Saturday was suspended due to inclement weather, but the delayed start has not dampened the team spirit.
"Kelantan have an ideal blend of senior experience and youth in the squad this season," Subra told ESPN FC.
"A lot of the juniors have been promoted and are showing desire to make an impact on the pitch.
"It is a chance for them to learn from us seniors. And for the seniors who have been playing together, it is like a reunion. Even though the season has barely begun, I can say that we can be contenders for the title."
The tough-tackling defender returns to Kelantan after leaving them in 2013.
During his four-season stint from 2010 to 2013, Subra clinched two MSL titles, two Malaysia Cups and two FA Cups.
His former team Selangor, meanwhile, will look to keep their top spot position when they host Melaka United, who will make their MSL debut on Friday.
The Red Giants have replaced injured winger Andik Vermansyah, with Timor Leste midfielder Juliano Mineiro.
Romanian winger Victoras Astafei makes up the fourth foreign signing, and could feature against Eric Williams' exciting young team.
Francis Forkey Doe could be out of the equation after suffering an injury. But in Adam Nor Azlin, P. Maniam has a fiery young striker looking to stamp his quality with goals.
Reigning champions Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT), who surrendered the Charity Shield title to Kedah on penalties last week, welcome the visit of Felda United to their Larkin Stadium fortress.
This match should be an interesting affair between last season's top two performers who provided an exciting two-horse title race for much of last season.
Tan Cheng Hoe will be confident of his Kedah side picking up all three points at home to Sarawak at Darul Aman Stadium.
The Canaries displayed some vibrant, quick passing game of football against JDT last Friday. It's a philosophy which Tan is trying to instill in the team, even in their own danger zone.
Other matches will see big spenders Pahang hosting T-Team, while Penang welcome Perak to their 40,000-seat Batu Kawan Stadium, which is their new venue for the 2017 campaign.
Kedah vs. Sarawak
Pahang vs. T-Team
PKNS FC vs. Kelantan
JDT vs. Felda United
Selangor vs. Melaka United
Penang vs. Perak
Nicolas Anil is a former Malay Mail and Goal.com Malaysia editor/writer who appears on BFM Radio as a football analyst. Twitter: @nicolas_anil.