Malaysia - Singapore Preview: Hosts eye morale-boosting win in group opener
The Malayan Tigers will be looking to record a win over neighbours and arch-rivals Singapore, and put any doubts about the team to rest
By Prem Kumar
Bunyamin - Aidil - Fadhli - Zubir
Khyril - Safiq - Amar - Kunanlan
Safee - Norshahrul
Bennett - Safuwan - Baihakki - Shaiful
Shahdan - Hariss - Shahril
Duric - Amri
Reigning champions Malaysia will be eager to get off to a winning start and quickly get the fans on their side, when they open their defence of the AFF Suzuki Cup title against Singapore at the Bukit Jalil Stadium tonight.
Both teams are free from any injuries and suspensions, so the spectators can expect to see the best eleven players of both nations taking to the pitch. In the pre-match press conference, both camps admitted to having plenty of knowledge about each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
Last match between the two on Malaysian soil went the way of the hosts. Safee Sali is the danger-man for Malaysia while the Singaporeans tend to rely on Shahril Ishak to get the team moving.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Malaysia played and beat the same opponents 2-0 in their last meeting.
- Pahang winger Azamuddin Akil was dropped before the friendly against Bangladesh only to be recalled a day later after an injury to Zaquan Adha .
Harimau Muda winger Wan Zack Haikal won the People's Choice and Young Player of the Year Awards in the S-League this year.
- Singapore have the oldest player in the AFFSC history in Aleksandar Duric.
- 12 players in the squad are from the LionsXII team that plays in the Malaysian Super League.
Izwan Mahbud, Firdaus Kasman and Fazrul Nawaz made their international debut against Malaysia.
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Top 3 Predictions
Malaysia 2-0 Singapore
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Malaysia 1-2 Singapore
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Malaysia 2-1 Singapore
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|22||Khairul Fahmi bin Che Mat||Goalkeeper|
|-||Mohd Fadhli Mohd Shas||Defender|
|-||Mohd Khyril Muhymeen||Midfielder|
|7||Mohd Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak||Defender|
|-||Mohd Faizal Muhammad|
|25||Mohd Zubir bin Mohd Azmi||Defender|
|18||Mohd Shakir bin Shaari||Midfielder|
|25||Wan Zack Haikal bin Wan Noor||Midfielder|
|-||Gary Steven Robbat|
|20||Azammuddin bin Mohd Akil||Striker|
|-||Ahmad Hazwan bin Bakri||Striker|
|4||I. Abdul Halim||Midfielder|