Singapore - Philippines Preview: Lions looking for fourth appearance in AFF finals

After being held to a goalless draw in the first-leg of the Suzuki Cup semi-final, Singapore will now face elimination if Philippines get a score-draw in the return leg


Bennett - Safuwan - Baihakki - Esah
Mustafic - Isa
Amri - Shahril - Shahdan

Ed Sacapano
R.Gier, J.Guirado, R.Jonsson, D.Cagara
J.Lucena, P.Mulders, P.Reichelt, E.Caligdong,
Angel Guirado, Phil Younghusband

After tickets were sold out last week barely hours after they went on sale, Singapore can expect to play in front of a fully-packed stadium, as they look for their fourth final appearance in the Suzuki Cup.

Meanwhile, the Philippines too can look to count on at least 400 fans for support after the allocations for Away supporters also sold out in mere hours on Monday. But it remains to be seen how beneficial the away support will be following Philippines' jittery performance in front of their home fans last week.

Both team are currently level on aggregate following last Saturday's 0-0 draw, although Philippines can qualify for the final with a score-draw as away goals count for double in this year's tournament.

Singapore's Shi Jia Yi's availability is still to be confirmed following his family emergency, while Khairul Amri may start despite limping out in the first-leg.

On the other hand, the Azkals have a full squad to choose from, with Esbjerg midfield enforcer Jerry Lucena joining up with the national team on Monday, and will be looking to the midfield dynamo to beef up the centre of the park.

As always, Singapore's dangerman Shahril Ishak would be the one to look out for, however, he may not run as freely as he may like to due to the return of Lucena, who could mark the flamboyant midfielder out of the game.

  • It will be Philippines' first ever apperance in the AFF tournament's final should they prevail on Wednesday.
  • Singapore have failed to win or score against Philippines in their last three matches.
  • This is the first AFF Championship game to be played at Jalan Besar Stadium
  • In 2006, under the FIFA GOAL plan, the stadium's pitch was relaid with Fifa 1 Star Recommended turf, an artificial turf. The cost of relaying the pitch cost $1 million and was funded by the FIFA Goal Programme and FIFA Financial Assistance Plan.
  • Singapore have only failed to advance past the tournament's semi-finals once in their last four attempts, and have won the Cup each time they reached the final.
  • Tickets for the home fans were sold out on the first day of sales itself.