How Malaysia could line-up against Lebanon

Fazly Mazlan, Malaysia
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Two debuts could be given by Tan Cheng Hoe in the final third round group stage of the 2019 Asian Cup qualifier against Lebanon on Tuesday.

After all the kerfuffle surrounding the Malaysia national team since the draw against Mongolia last Thursday, it's time for Tan Cheng Hoe and his boys to jump back onto the sadle to give it another go, this time in the Asian Cup qualifer against Lebanon.

There are no stakes at offer for this match other than pride. Lebanon are through to the finals in United Arab Emirates next year and Malaysia have lost out the chance to be in their second Asian Cup finals.

Whether Lebanon gives their back-ups a go is one thing, for Tan the changes in the squad meant that he will be fielding a comparatively weakers and inexperienced side at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium later today.

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Due to the sparsity of numbers in the squad with only three recognisable centre backs and central midfielders respectively, it looks like Tan could be giving out international debuts to the duo of Syawal Nordin and Irfan Zakaria.

With Zaquan Adha anointed the captain of the team for this match, he is also a strong contender to take up the right sided forward spot that was Mahalli Jasuli's during the Mongolia match. The Kuala Lumpur players is likely to be paired alongside Felda United's Wan Zack Haikal and PKNP FC's Shahrel Fikri.

Elsewhere there should be players taking up the vacanted slots but comes with a fair amount of experience of being in recent past squads. Pahang's captain, Matthew Davies looks on course to be the only surviving starting eleven from the one that trotted out at Bukit Jalil National Stadium just five days ago.

More rotation and experimentation is expected for the home friendly against Bhutan but for this one, Tan could well opt for his more experienced options.

GFX Malaysia XI v Lebanon