Thailand - Malaysia Preview: All to play for in Bangkok

The visiting Malaysians will be looking to stamp their authority on the second leg semifinal from the start, a game where the home side has the upper hand with their away goal


Theerathon - Chonlathit - Wongsa - Bantao
Anucha - Adul - Datsakorn - Pichitpong - Pornsai


Mahalli - Aidil - Fadhli - Zubir

Azamuddin - Safiq - Gary - Kunanlan

Following the 1-1 draw in the first match, the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal tie between co-hosts Thailand and Malaysia is nicely poised heading into the second leg today at the Supachalasai Stadium in Bangkok.

Datuk K.Rajagopal would have been boosted by the news that star striker Safee Sali and speedy winger S.Kunanlan have both recovered from their injuries, and are ready to play against the Thais. Young flanker Wan Zack Haikal Wan Noor and Kelantan midfielder Shakir Shaari are unlikely to play any part though, despite travelling to the Thai capital with the team.

“We have to raise our game to another level compared to the first leg. We have nothing to lose and the players are ready,” Rajagopal underlined his team’s confidence at the pre-match press conference yesterday.

Hosts Thailand on the other hand, will have to make do without their chief German coach Winfried Schaefer, who got sent to the stands in Bukit Jalil for showing dissent towards the match officials. The War Elephants however, do not have any injury worries for this game.

Despite his suspension, Schaefer remained upbeat. “We are not going to play for draw, it's our home and we will win in front of our fans,” he declared.

Ultimately, both teams are likely to rely on their wide players to get the job done. So, expect the two goalkeepers to have lots of aerial action tonight.

  • Thailand's Teerasil Dangda has scored a total of 3 goals against today's opponents, same as their former star, Kiatisuk "Zico" Senamueng.
  • Malaysia's last win in Bangkok came 8 years ago, when they won 2-1 in a friendly.
  • Their last visit to the Supachalasai Stadium ended in a 1-0 defeat (2007 AFF Cup).

  • The Tigers' record in this competition against the Thais reads: P8, W2, D2, L4.

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