After two straight defeats to open their third round 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, Singapore will be looking to get back on track at home to in-form Jordan
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Singapore's task will be complicated with the enforced absence of coach Radojko Avramovic, who will be sitting out the second of his four-match touchline ban. Avramovic was handed the hefty suspension after his sending off against China. Assistant coach and former Under-23 coach V. Sundramoorthy will take his place in the dugout.
Also suspended for the match is Mustafic Fahrudin for picking up two consecutive cautions in the competition. Meanwhile, forward Qiu Li is a doubt with fitness concerns. The China-born player has been included in the squad but was left out of the 2-0 friendly win over Philippines on Friday night, presumably being saved for the Jordan fixture. Defender Safuwan Baharudin who came off at the end of the first-half against the Philippines is expected to be fit after Avramovic allayed injury concerns at the post-match conference, while Lionel Lewis who completed only one half in the same fixture as well, and has been struggling with hamstring problems of late, could however be replaced in goal by Izwan Mahbud.
Good news for Singapore will be the return of midfield starlet Hariss Harun who had missed the previous two matches, having enlisted for National Service. The 21-year-old made a surprise return to the side in the friendly against Philippines and managed to complete 90 minutes, putting aside fitness concerns. Hariss will likely take the spot of Fahrudin in the centre of midfield.
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- The last time the two countries met was in March of 2010 for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup Quaifiers final Group E match. Needing just a point to ensure qualification, Singapore lost 2-1 in Amman, allowing Jordan to qualify instead.
- Singapore had won the home fixture in the same competition. Goals from Agu Casmir and Noh Alam Shah secured a 2-1 win at the National Stadium.
- This is only the second time that Singapore has progressed to the third round of the World Cup Asian zone qualifiers.
- The last time Singapore reached this stage was for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers when they failed to progress to the final qualifying round after finishing behind Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia.
- Daniel Bennett, the most capped player in the Singapore team, will earn his 103rd cap against Jordan.