This weekend matches of the TNB Malaysian Hockey League will provide an indication as to which team will be in the drivers seat in their question for qualification for the last four erth in the Premier Division.
There is no doubt whatsoever that KL Hockey Club will take one of the spots and they are expected to continue their winning streak against Nur Insafi Perak at the Sulatn Azlan Shah Stadium in Ipoh tomorrow (Friday) before a match against winless UniKL on Sunday.
Nur Insafi Perak gave a good account in their 3-2 win over UniKL but were overwhelmed by Tenaga Nasional Berhad 5-2 last Sunday. But with their 6 Pakistani imports having trainned with the team for the past week, they are expected to provide more resistance to KLHC.
But an upset is not something they will be able to achieve as KLHC pack just too much power in all departments and it will take a huge effort for Nur Insafi Perak to even take a point off the defending champions.
The Maybank v Sapura clash on Friday will be interesting as the bankers cannot afford to slip up, having only collected a single point from their two matches thus far, a 2-2 draw with TNB and a 4-1 defeat at the hands of KLHC.
Slipping further could well damage their hopes of a top four finish and that will speall disaster given the fact that the Tigers have recruited to foreignors in the likes of Shakeel Abbasi and Muhammad Waqas, both Pakistan's Olympians.
In contrast Sapura bounced back well from a 5-0 drubbing in the Charity Shield match against KLHC to defeat UniKL last Sunday. And they will be looking towards collecting another 3 points against Maybank to put them in perfect form leading up to the match against TNB, which ultimately could well decide who will be in the drtiving seat for a runner up position at the end of the league.
As for UniKL, they wlll be boosted by the presence of their 12th man, in the likes of the UniKL Ultra's supporters group that were conspicously missing from teir opening weekend.
It will be an interesting weekend and one that will separate the pretenders from the contenders.