The football at the 27th SEA Games is set to get underway this afternoon when hosts Myanmar take on Cambodia in Group B, with Timor Leste facing Thailand in an earlier clash.
Singapore's bid for a first-ever gold medal begins on Sunday against Laos and somewhat surprisingly, they have come out as the top choice to win the competition in a poll.
A majority 42.4% of Goal Singapore readers voted for Aide Iskandar's men when asked which team would win the gold medal, with second favorites Thailand far behind with 18.6% of the votes.
Only last month, our readers predicted an early exit for the Young Lions at the competition, although they might have since changed their minds after witnessing their performances in recent friendlies. This included an impressive 6-0 thrashing of Philippines, although they also struggled to beat Cambodia.
A 22-man squad has been brought to Naypyidaw by Aide, with two unlucky players set to miss out on the final squad of 20, which should be made known today.
Singapore have never won the SEA Games before, with second place in 1983 and 1985 their best finishes.
The Under-23 boys will take on Laos at 8.15p.m. on Sunday at the Zayyarthiri Stadium.