Vietnam - Myanmar Preview: Underdogs looking to upset 2008 champions
In the tournament's opening match, Vietnam are looking to stake their claim in the stadium where they partially clinched their only AFFSC crown just four years ago
By Dan Orlowitz
Au VH, Nguyen GT, Nguyen MD, Dao VP
Pham TL, Pham NS, Le TT, Nguyen TH, Huynh QA
Thein TW, Moe Win, Zaw MT, Aung HY;
Khin ML, Yan AK, David Htan, Kyi Lin, Pyae PA;
Vietnam are looking to capture their first AFF Suzuki Cup crown in four years when they face plucky Myanmar at Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok.
Vietnam will be looking to score early and put the rest of the group on notice, as their matches against Thailand and Philippines are expected to be significantly more difficult. They've scored just one goal in each of their last three matches, and the lone win was a 1-0 result against struggling Malaysia. Vietnam are coached by Phan Thanh Hung, who will be the first local coach of a Vietnamese team in the competition.
Meanwhile, with an average age of less than 22 years old, Myanmar are the youngest squad in the Cup and predicted by many to be one of the tournament's big surprises. Striker Yan Paing is struggling with fitness concerns, and could take a back seat to Kyi Lin if he's not ready for the match.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Vietnam have won all three of their AFFSC encounters with Myanmar: 4-1 in 1996, 4-2 in 2002 and 7-1 in 2010.
- Nguyen Trong Hoang, Le Tan Tai, and Nguyen Vu Phong all scored in that 2010 match and still feature for the squad.
- Vietnam's last match at Rajamangala ended in a 2-1 win over Thailand in the first leg of the 2008 AFFSC Final.
- Myanmar went undefeated in the round-robin qualification tournament, winning three matches and drawing one. Kyi Lin (right) scored three of their six goals.
- Yan Paing is the oldest member of the squad at 28 years old. He's participated in the tournament since 2002.
- Myanmar's squad features six players from Yangon United; club manager Ivan Kolev has previously coached the Myanmar and Indonesian national teams.
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Top 3 Predictions
Vietnam 2-0 Myanmar
- 14.39 %
Vietnam 2-1 Myanmar
- 13.5 %
Vietnam 3-1 Myanmar
- 10.83 %
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|-||Dương Hồng Sơn|
|26||Nguyễn Gia Từ||Defender|
|-||Nguyen Minh Duc|
|2||Au Van Hoan||Defender|
|-||Dao Van Phong|
|18||Huỳnh Quốc Anh||Midfielder|
|14||Tan Tai Le||Midfielder|
|-||Thanh Hung Phan|
|19||Thanh Luong Pham||Midfielder|
|11||Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng||Midfielder|
|9||Cong Vinh Le||Striker|
|25||Tan Truong Bui||Goalkeeper|
|5||Van Bien Nguyen||Defender|
|-||Dinh Dong Tran|
|-||Dinh Luat Truong|
|-||Nguyễn Văn Quyết||Midfielder|
|-||Nguyễn Vũ Phong|
|20||Sy Cuong Cao||Midfielder|
|21||Nguyen Ngoc Duy||Midfielder|
|13||Quang Hai Nguyen||Striker|
|1||Thiha Si Thu||Goalkeeper|
|4||Aung Hein Kyaw||Defender|
|-||Khin Maung Lwin|
|19||Naing Lin Oo||Midfielder|
|1||Pyaye Phyo Aung||Goalkeeper|
|3||Zaw Min Tun||Defender|
|-||Phyo Ko Ko Thein||Midfielder|
|6||Yan Aung Kyaw||Midfielder|
|18||Kyaw Zin Phyo||Goalkeeper|
|-||Zaw Zaw Oo||Defender|
|-||Aung Han Win|
|-||Mai Aih Naing|
|9||Kaung Si Thu||Striker|
|-||Soe Kyaw Kyaw||Striker|
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