Wednesday, February 11, 2009


ISL relegation frenzy

I rarely look at the bottom of the ISL but things are quiet this morning, still trying to find the MSL results from last night, so nows a good a time as any.

There’s a group of even clubs sepeated by just five points who occupy the lower standings and in turn they are some 10 points behind 11th placed Arema.

Deltras find themselves bottom of the league with just two wins all season and a single point taken from their nine away games. Despite adding Danilo Fernando to their squad their coach, Malaysian M Zein Al Hadad, just got the boot and things are loking grim down Sidoarjo way. With just 11 points from their 19 games, and a pissy 10 goals scored, the Deltras will need inspiration pretty damned soon, starting Saturday when they travel to Persitara.

Persita are one place off the bottom with 15 points from their 21 games. With Adolfo Souza up front scoring has been a problem for the Benteng Viola, just 13 in their 21 games. They have also been forced to play their games all over Java in cities like Sidoarjo, Jepara, Solo and Bandung because their stadium doesn’t meet the required standard. They also have the worst defence in the ISL having conceded 39.

Persitara are 16th with 15 points from their 19 games. They drew their last game against Persita 1-1 and this Saturday host Deltras at their adopted Lebak Bulus Stadium. With Prince Kabir Bello settling in already with two goals in two games and Mostapha Aji ready to play the North Jakartan side will fancy their chances of pulling away from the drop zone though a sustained Copa Indonesia run may stretch them.

Persiba are one place above Persitara though with the same number of points but have played just 17 games. With Musafri always likely to be a threat up top they have scored just 13 goals all season, a poor return. They had hoped to have recruited Moroccan Redouane Barkaoui but he elected to move to Persiwa instead. Unless they want to get sucked into the relegation dogfight they need support for the Indonesian striker.

PSMS are perhaps the best equipped side to escape the drop. Along with PKT they are the only side to win on their travels. One of the traditional clubs they have the pedigree on the field to get away from the drop zone. Their problem lies off the field where they are now looking for their 4th coach of the season. They have scored more goals than their rivals and have lost nine games. Their problem? Nine draws and two wins!

PSIS are a pale shadow of their attractive side that came so close to winning the league back in 2006. They have 16 points from their 20 games, scoring 12 goals, and sit in 13th spot but perhaps Bambang Nurdiansiah’s men have most to worry about. They’re a young team and won’t have enjoyed being thumped 4-1 by relegation rivals Persitara the other day in the Copa. They are the side perhaps most at risk

PKT Bontang are 12th in the ISL on 16 points, 10 behind Arema Malang in 10th, ironically the side they beat earlier in the season for their only away win. They have more wins than their rivals, four, including one away. They should be safe but to be honest they are a low profile club, rarely on TV so I can’t comment too much.

12. PKT Bontang 17 4 4 9 18-33 16
13. PSIS 20 3 7 10 12-32 16
14. PSMS 20 2 9 9 21-30 15
15. Persiba 17 3 6 8 13-23 15
16. Persitara 19 3 6 10 20-31 15
17. Persita 21 3 6 12 13-39 15
18. Deltras 19 2 5 12 10-27 11

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