KUALA LUMPUR: Terengganu are at their lowest ebb but should not expect any sympathy from Perak who they play at Kuala Terengganu tonight.
The East coast team are still reeling from their loss in the FA Cup semifinal where they were edged 2-1 by Premier League side Sime Darby.
The Turtles have been dropping points in the league lately but still remain in third spot with 25 points from 14 matches.
To add more misery, Terengganu coach Mat Zan Mat Aris will not be at the sidelines as he has been asked to "rest" by the Terengganu FA until May 15.
Perak striker Akmal Rizal Rakhli said Terengganu's misfortune is an advantage to the Kinta Valley team.
"I'm sorry to say this but as much as I feel for the Terengganu players, we have to take advantage of the situation," said Akmal.
"It's quite obvious Terengganu will be playing with tired legs as they are also playing in the AFC Cup. The strain was bound to come and it's already happening.
"We cannot go home emptyhanded... all three points or one point, but we won't head back home without any," he added.
Akmal added the two-week break from the league has given his side ample time to work on their strategies.
"It's been a good break really. There is better chemistry and understanding among the players and this is important."
With the exception of skipper Shahrulnizam Mustapha, who will not see action after picking up three yellow cards, Perak are expected to fi eld their best 11 at the Sultan Ismail Nasiruddin Stadium.
The Ipoh-lad is still bullish about Perak having a good shot at the league title. The Seladang are fifth with 23 points from 15 matches.
"I would like to believe so.... believe that Perak can reach the top of the table. I'm not being overly-optimistic but judging from current performances of the teams and the results, I know we can make it if we work as a team."