The Azkals will be looking to break their five-match losing streak against Thailand in AFFSC play despite losing star goalkeeper Neil Etheridge to Premier League duties
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Thailand are looking to get the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup off to productive start when they host Philippines at Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok.
The Winfried Schafer-managed War Elephants will need to rely heavily on TPL golden boot-holder Teerasil Dangda, who is their only healthy striker. Meanwhile, the Azkals will be without prized goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, who was recalled to Fulham at the last minute.
Teerasil's fitness will be of special note for Thailand, and how they perform if and when he's substituted could indicate how they'll perform in the next week. With their international lineup, Philippines will be looking to play a defense-heavy match and are likely to steal a point if they can avoid giving away an early goal.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Philippines have lost their last five AFFSC matches to Thailand by an aggregate score of 2-17.
- The Azkals have an overall AFF Cup record of 2-3-21.
- Talisman Emelio Caligdong's goals have guaranteed a Filipino win in every match they've played, save for their loss to Thailand in the 2004 AFFSC and the 3-3 draw against Hong Kong.
- Thailand have won their last three friendly matches by a combined 12-0 score.
- Niwaet Siriwong is the only player left from their 2000 Tiger Cup-winning squad.
- Teerasil Dangda (right) was the top scorer in the 2008 AFFSC, tied with Singapore's Agu Casmir with four goals each.