Thailand - Vietnam Preview: The Golden Star need to secure a win at all costs
Vietnam will be gunning for a much needed win over Thailand's second stringers in order to keep their qualification hopes alive
By Falah Abdullah
Chonlathit, Prayad, Natthaporn, Teerathon,
Chanathip, Adul, Apipoo, Arthit
Nguyen VB, Nguyen GT, Nguyen MD, Tran DD
Pham NS, Nguyen VQ, Le Tan Tai, Nguyen VP, Huynh QA
Vietnam will be going all out to secure a much needed win over hosts Thailand who are expected to field a team consisting of their second-string players.
"We will make some changes to line-ups and formation in the coming game with Thailand," said coach Phan Thanh Hung in a pre match press conference.
"Vietnam now have nothing to lose so we will fight until the end."
The Golden Star's midfielder, Le Tan Tai went on to re-iterate his gaffer's views saying: "Thailand are a strong team but there's still chance for Vietnam so we must play at our best. It will be a big game and even if we are eliminated in group stage, we must put a good display and not let the fans down."
Winfried Schafer, the Thailand coach, on the other hand dismissed suggestions that his second-string players will be pushovers for Vietnam, saying: "They are a good, strong team but Vietnam will have to play hard as they need the three points. But we will also be playing for the three points."
"I just don’t like to lose. Our players must fight although there will be some concerns with yellow cards and injuries."
Thailand will be without suspended Phichitphong Choeichiu while Adul Lahsoh and Chonlatit Jantakim are on one yellow card.
Vietnam have a surprisingly good record at the Rajamangala Stadium against Thailand with an impressive 100% winning percentage.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Sinthaweechai Hatairattanakul, Thailand's former number 1 goalkeeper, will be making his first appearance in the tournament.
- Vietnam's chief striker, Le Cong Vinh has not had a single shot in this tournament.
- Prayad Bunya, the Ratchaburi Mitrpol FC captain who scored in his debut against Malaysia and the only surviving member of the Tiger Cup 2000 winning squad and Niweat Siriwong still have not played a single match.
- Le Cong Vinh and Nguyen Vu Phong who scored against Thailand in 2008, are expected to start.
- If Vietnam fails to beat Thailand, it would be their worst AFF Championship record ever as they have never left the tournament without a win.
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|-||Dương Hồng Sơn|
|-||Nguyen Minh Duc|
|2||Âu Văn Hoàn||Defender|
|26||Nguyễn Gia Từ||Defender|
|-||Hong Tien Nguyen|
|10||Nguyễn Văn Quyết||Midfielder|
|-||Nguyễn Trọng Hoàng|
|14||Tan Tai Le||Midfielder|
|19||Thanh Luong Pham||Midfielder|
|-||Sy Cuong Cao|
|18||Huỳnh Quốc Anh||Midfielder|
|-||Tan Truong Bui|
|-||Van Bien Nguyen|
|-||Dinh Dong Tran|
|-||Dinh Luat Truong|
|-||Thanh Hung Phan|
|-||Nguyễn Vũ Phong|
|-||Nguyen Ngoc Duy|
|-||Cong Vinh Le|
|-||Quang Hai Nguyen|
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