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  • February 29, 2012
  • • 13:30
  • • Stād al-Bahrayn al-Watanī (Bahrain National Stadium), Ar Rifa`
  • Referee: Andre El Haddad
  • • Attendance: 3000
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Bahrain - Indonesia Preview: Peter Taylor's men aiming for comfortable win over 'inexperienced' Merah Putih squad

Bahrain - Indonesia Preview: Peter Taylor's men aiming for comfortable win over 'inexperienced' Merah Putih squad

Ismail Abdel-Latif, Bahrain

The West Asians are targeting a convincing victory to keep their World Cup campaign is still alive, while the visitor are hopeful of ending their campaign on a high


PROBABLE LINEUPS

BAHRAIN
Japan
Mohammed Jaafar
Al Hayam, Marzooqi, Abdulhameed, Omar
Salman Isa, Abdulwahab, Dhiya, Faouzi Aaish

Al Taib, Abdul-Latif
INDONESIA
Iceland
Samsidar
Ardiles, Wahyu, Abd Rahman, Diego
Taufik, Aditya, Rendi
Sinaga, Bachdim, Samsul

Bahrain coach Peter Taylor has stated his squad are looking for a comfortable win over Indonesia to keep their World Cup dream alive, although they're relying on the Iran-Qatar result. In order to reach that target, the English coach would set up an attacking formation. Bahrain have no major problems for the squad selections although midfielder Hussain Ali Baba and Abdulla Al Hazza will be absent, however the three key players Abdullah Omar, Faouzi Aaish, and Abdulwahab Ali are ready to face Indonesia.

Meanwhile in Indonesia's preparation, caretaker coach Aji Santoso faces selection difficulties following Fifa's announcement which stated rebel Indonesian Super League players are ineligible for an international match and had to be replaced by players from the Indonesian Premier League. By this situation, several debutants and youngsters are ready to fight for the national pride such as Hengky Ardiles, Rendi Irawan, and Diego Michiels. Indonesian superstar Irfan Bachdim also returns to the squad after his three-month suspension.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bahrain's recent form is satisfactory, marked by a four-game winning streak before being halted by Sweden 2-0 in a friendly match on January 18.
  • The referee for the match is Lebanese Andre El Haddad.
  • Indonesia have not won in their past five trips to West Asia, recording four losses to Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar and Iran and a draw to Oman.
  • The match will be held at Stad Al Bahrayn Al Watani or commonly known as Bahrain National stadium in Riffa.

  • The last time these two nations met outside of Jakarta was during the 2004 Asian Cup in China, with Bahrain winning 3-1.

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Editor's Prediction

This match is going to be a very difficult game for the South-East Asia nation, which come to Bahrain with several new faces and youngsters following their internal strive within football federation. While the hosts have a good confidents ahead of this match, most of key players such as Faouzi Aaish and Ismail Abdul-Latif are available. Although it seems quite easy for Bahrain, but they potentialy face some difficulties as Indonesia would fight for nothing to lose.

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