The Malayan Tigers will be looking to record a win over neighbours and arch-rivals Singapore, and put any doubts about the team to rest
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Reigning champions Malaysia will be eager to get off to a winning start and quickly get the fans on their side, when they open their defence of the AFF Suzuki Cup title against Singapore at the Bukit Jalil Stadium tonight.
Both teams are free from any injuries and suspensions, so the spectators can expect to see the best eleven players of both nations taking to the pitch. In the pre-match press conference, both camps admitted to having plenty of knowledge about each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
“The opening match determines certain aspects of the grouping and we are looking forward to the game against Malaysia,” Singapore assistant coach Mike Wong declared.
“Our team is made up of a fair balance of youth and senior players and [the] majority of them know their opponents well.
“We have analyzed them (Malaysia) and we are prepared for it.”
While Singapore has enjoyed past success against the Harimau Malaya, Wong preferred not to jump the gun to avoid creating a sense of over-confidence in the camp.
“Past victories do not mean anything going into the clash; it is our preparations that give us the confidence for the game," Wong added.
Malaysia coach Datuk K. Rajagobal expressed a similar sentiment at the press conference: "I don't think there will be much of a surprise from Singapore [because] we know their players too."
"But I'd rather focus on my own team; the boys will play with confidence."
The last meeting between both teams ended in a 2-0 win for Malaysia, but it is the visiting side that comes into the game on a winning note after the 4-0 win over Pakistan earlier in the week.
Malaysia drew their last two home matches against Bangladesh and Hong Kong.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Malaysia played and beat the same opponents 2-0 in their last meeting.
- Pahang winger Azamuddin Akil was dropped before the friendly against Bangladesh only to be recalled a day later after an injury to Zaquan Adha .
Harimau Muda winger Wan Zack Haikal won the People's Choice and Young Player of the Year Awards in the S-League this year.
- Singapore have the oldest player in AFFSC history in 42-year-old Aleksandar Duric.
- 12 players in the squad are from the LionsXII team that plays in the Malaysian Super League.
Izwan Mahbud, Firdaus Kasman and Fazrul Nawaz made their international debut against Malaysia.