Singapore - Laos Preview: Lions only need draw to qualify
Radojko Avramovic's men only need one point against Laos to secure qualification for the semi-finals, as they look to bounce back from the loss against Indonesia.
By Teng Kiat
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After a dream 3-0 victory against Malaysia in the tournament opener, Singapore suffered a morale-sapping 1-0 loss to Indonesia in their second group match as they let slip the chance to secure qualifcation to the semi-finals early.
However, the Lions head into their final Group B game against Laos knowing that they only need a draw to make it to the next round, regardless of the score between Malaysia and Indonesia in the other game.
Singapore sit in second place on three points, one behind leaders Indonesia and tied with Malaysia in third, but their superior goal difference means qualification lies in their own hands. Meanwhile, Laos have to beat them, while hoping that Indonesia do them a favor by defeating Malaysia as well.
Lions coach Radojko Avramovic will be without full-back Irwan Shah, who was sent off against Indonesia, while left-back Shaiful Esah is a doubt with a sprained ankle. This should see midfielder Shi Jiayi filling in at right-back, while Daniel Bennett shifts to the opposite flank.
The Serbian will also have to do without vice-captain Hariss Harun, who has a fractured shin-bone. Isa Halim is likely to fill in at defensive midfield, while Aleksandar Duric is set to start his first game of this tournament. The towering striker's presence should come in handy, as Laos have looked vulnerable to crosses in their last two games.
Singapore need to be compact and not allow Laos to hit them on the break, as their lone striker Khampheng Sayavutthi spearheads an attack that is ably backed up by coach Kokichi Kimura's preferred five-man midfield.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Laos have lost all of their last five AFFSC encounters against Singapore.
- The last AFFSC meeting between both teams was in 2007, when Laos lost 11-0 to Singapore.
- Laos have scored only four goals and conceded 26 in those five matches.
- Singapore's biggest victory was against Laos - a 11-0 victory in the 2007 tournament.
- Noh Alam Shah [picture, right] is the current AFFSC all-time top-scorer with 17 goals; seven of those came in that match against Laos.
- Laos last beat Singapore in the 1970 King's Cup, where they won 3-0 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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|Asia - Asean Football Championship (AFF) (AFFC)||Dec 1, 2012||Singapore 4 - Laos 3|
|Feb 6, 2013||Jordan 4 - Singapore 0||ACQ|
|Dec 22, 2012||Thailand 1 - Singapore 0||AFFC|
|Dec 19, 2012||Singapore 3 - Thailand 1||AFFC|
|Dec 12, 2012||Singapore 1 - Philippines 0||AFFC|
|Dec 8, 2012||Philippines 0 - Singapore 0||AFFC|
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