By ESPNSTAR.com staff
With the Suzuki Cup just three months away, most of Southeast Asia's teams are finalising their preparations for the region's premier international tournament.
And while Avramovic named a fairly experienced side for Wednesday's game at the Jurong West Stadium, he also included four uncapped players in Balestier Khalsa goalkeeper Joey Sim, Courts Young Lions duo Nazrul Nazari and Shahfiq Ghani, and Tampines Rovers defender Jufri Taha.
Speaking at Tuesday's pre-match press conference, the Serb revealed he will be looking to test these players in the lead-up to the Suzuki Cup, before finalising his squad.
"I hope to have good preparation and a good game [against Hong Kong]," he said.
"I am looking for some younger players to take over. I have always tried to give chances.
"If you have noticed, going back three years in all those friendly games, I have always given chances to new and upcoming young players, because [they] do not have that many chances at international level.
"I was using all those games to see which younger players are up to the mark, and some were. Now there is a good mixture of youth and experience, it is a good blend.
"For the younger ones, they have to attain the higher standard set by the more-experienced players and for the older ones, they are there to guide them along."
LIONSXII midfielder Hariss Harun, who will captain the side on Wednesday in the absence of the injured Shahril Ishak, echoed his coach's sentiments.
"I think this will be good preparation for us," the 21-year-old said. "There are many youngsters who have only a few caps and it's good to prepare them.
"As a team, it's good for us to get together and play more of such games before the Suzuki Cup. We will take this game seriously and try to get the best possible outcome."
Hong Kong coach Ernie Merrick is hoping the game will provide him with the chance to instill a winning mentality in his players.
"We are in the stage of trying to rebuild a new and stronger national team and hopefully one day, we can qualify for the Olympics and Asian Cup," the former Melbourne Victory boss revealed.
"We are going through a transition. We brought a strong team over [but also] ten players under the age of 23.
"We have a strong team but we are always looking to the future."
Both teams meet earlier in June at the Hong Kong Stadium, where Hong Kong went on to claim a 1-0 win courtesy of Lam Ka Wai's 35th-minute strike.