By Gabriel TanFollow @@gabetan13
Both teams conclude their AFC Cup Group H campaigns at the Jalan Besar Stadium with reigning Great Eastern-YEO's S.League champions Tampines already eliminated, while their Malaysian opponents need to win and hope Saigon Xuan Thanh lose to East Bengal in the other group game for them to qualify as runners-up.
Nonetheless, the chequered history between the neighbouring countries - and two of Southeast Asia's traditional heavyweights - is likely to ensure that both sides go all out on Tuesday, with bragging rights the biggest motivator of all.
That sentiment was certainly shared by Stags coach Nenad Bacina and his Selangor counterpart Irfan Bakti, who both promised an exciting affair akin to the 3-3 draw they played out in their earlier encounter at the Shah Alam Stadium.
"We may the only team in the group who already know our destiny as we haven't qualified," he said at Monday's pre-match press conference. "This doesn't mean we'll use this game for entertainment only.
"We are playing at home and will definitely be trying to collect all three points so that we can end the tournament with at least one win.
"Of course, we must have some sort of tactical discipline but we played a very open game in Selangor and people like to watch a six-goal thriller. Maybe tomorrow [Tuesday] we can play the same sort of game and have five goals, with three for us."
"Tomorrow [Tuesday] we are playing for pride and we've come here to win," Irfan added. "It is immaterial what happens in [the other game between] Saigon and East Bengal.
"I hope my players will enjoy tomorrow's [Tuesday's] game. I want us to have fun."
Irfan also admitted that the fixture congestion that comes with challenging for continental glory was beginning to take its toll on his players, although he backed them to overcome the fatigue and put on a good display against Tampines.
"This month alone we've played ten games," he explained.
"We have been trying to plan how to accomodate playing in both the domestic league and the AFC Cup, because of the very limited quality players in my team. Somehow or rather, it affects us both in the league and the AFC Cup.
"But we are trying our best in every game, just like we did that day [in their last game against LIONSXII]."
Tampines themselves are no strangers to a hectic schedule and although Bacina admitted they will be without a number of players on Tuesday, he believes his charges' mental spirit will get them over the line.
"We registered 18 players for AFC competition so this is our strongest squad," the Croat revealed.
"Tomorrow [Tuesday] we cannot count on Martin [Wagner] because he's suspended while Kuni[hiro] Yamashita has been injured since [the game against Churchill Brothers in] Calcutta. Ismadi Mukhtar is also out injured so there aren't many players remaining that we can use - about 14 or 15 including the two goalkeepers.
"This is the best squad Tampines have at the moment and we are facing the same thing [as Selangor] as we're playing in two competitions. Tomorrow's [Tuesday's] match will be our 8th match this month.
"But I know my players have good character despite tiredness and our focus on the S.League - they will definitely try their best. As the coach, I will try to play attractive football and get the result.
"As you know, we just played two days ago [against Woodlands Wellington in the league] and before that, we just came back from Saigon which was a tiring game and tiring trip. But as I said, my players have good character and are very motivated.
"Hopefully, tomorrow [Tuesday] will be a good game."
Tampines are currently top of and unbeaten in the S.League while the Red Giants are fourth in the Malaysia Super League, four points behind leaders LIONSXII.