With qualification into the semi finals at stake, both sides will be looking to put on a good show and secure the coveted progression
Rob Gier, Guirado, Carli de Murga, Cagara
De Jong, Greatwich, Reichelt, Caligdong, Mulders
Min Tun, Maung Lwin, Phyo Aung, Lin Oo
Hein Kyaw, Zaw Oo, Aung Kyaw, David Htan,
Philippines and Myanmar will be locking horns against each other, knowing that a victory could spur either one of them into the semi finals alongside Thailand. Myanmar are on one point after a draw and a defeat, while the Azkals are on three points following their morale-boosting victory over Vietnam on Matchday 2.
"The players will have no bigger motivation tomorrow than to sacrifice themselves for the country. We don't have any choice," team manager Tim Myint Aung said.
The White Angels should be able to line up their best team in the do or die clash against Philippines, with them having a clean bill of health. The Azkals could be missing Ray Johnsson, who is doubtful after picking up an injury. But a bigger blow will certainly be the absence of Jerry Lucena, who has been recalled by his Danish club Esbjerg FC.
"Honestly, he [Lucena] will be a big loss. You don't really know he's in the game but the amount of work he puts in cannot be measured because he's just so invaluable to the team," Rob Giers told reporters on Wednesday.
With three points, Philippines will definitely be favourites to qualify. Should Vietnam fail to beat Thailand, a draw would be enough for the Azkals to progress. But they will not be taking any chances against a Myanmar side, who will be in desperate need of a win. An early goal will do no harm to Philippines' chances, but Myanmar will be banking on Kyi Lin to spur them on once again.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Philippines have never won a single match against Myanmar in their history before, their record: W0, D3, L8.
- Philippines last met Myanmar in the 2007 ASEAN Championship, which ended up being a stalemate.
- Carli de Murga will be celebrating his 24th birthday, when they take on Myanmar on Friday. The Global FC midfielder has recorded 17 caps for the Azkals
- Myanmar have not won their last 10 matches in the AFF Cup. Their last win was in the 2004 Tiger Cup, where they defeat Timor Leste 3-1.
- Yan Paing is currently the most senior member of the Myanmar squad, featuring in all the AFF Cup competitions since the 2002 edition.