Honda looking for revenge

Japan attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda is hoping that his side can avenge their goalless draw with Singapore on Thursday. 

Japan have won three of their opening four matches in Group E, but their 0-0 draw with Singapore in June means that they sit two points adrift of group leaders Syria. With Syria not in action this week, a win will see Japan move a point clear at the top, and Honda is determined to help his side achieve this.

"We'll try our best and give what our supporters expect – victory," Honda told reporters. "It was an unexpected draw the last time around."

While Japan will be looking to walk away with three points on Thursday, Honda believes it would be a grave mistake for his side to underestimate Singapore, especially considering they have stumbled against Bernd Stange's side previously. 

"The last time Singapore played us, they analysed us and played very well. It was a difficult game," he said. "We have to restore our pride this time, especially when there are so many fans who are coming to support us."

Meanwhile, defender Maya Yoshida conceded that it will be hard for his side to break through Singapore’s defence, particularly in hot and humid conditions.

"It is always difficult to play against a team when they defend for 90 minutes," he said. "Our defence has to concentrate the entire time to watch out for any counter-attack."

He added: "We'll be playing in tough conditions and it is very hot and humid here. We're used to playing in temperatures between 10 and 15 deg C, and we have to adjust."

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