Negri Sembilan right winger S. Kunalan is confident they can live up to their pre-tournament favourites billing.
He believes Negri are the favourites together with Selangor, Terengganu and Kelantan because their players have returned from injuries.
"These players served us well last year. We reached the final but lost to Kelantan last year. This time around, we aim to make the final again and win it," said Kunalan.
"Everything has been going well in training and the players are looking sharp."
Kunalan hopes his pace and penetration from the right flank will be able to unlock defences — as that style of play served him well when playing for Malaysia.
Negri Sembilan did not enjoy a good outing in the Super League, finishing in the bottom half of the 14-team contest.
However, many believe the return of stalwarts Mohd Norhafiz Zamani Misbah and Mohd Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak will assist the team.
The duo missed the Super League through long-term injuries and they will be eager to make up for lost time.
Success in the Malaysia Cup will surely be a sweet redemption.
"It's good to see them back. They are important players to the team," added Kunalan.
However, Kunalan is disappointed that Zaquan's twin Aidil is still injured and is unsure when he will return.
Aidil has been hit by injuries which saw his appearances limited, even for the national team.
Aidil walked out with a dejected look when injury forced him to be subbed out early on in the World Cup round two qualifier second-leg against Singapore last month.
Negri are in Group B together with FA Cup runners-up Terengganu, Premier League champions PKNS and Sime Darby in the Malaysia Cup.