By Gabriel Tan in Manila
The Azkals are currently bidding to win Southeast Asia's premier international competition for the first time and are busy preparing for the first leg of their last-four clash at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Once regarded as minnows in the region, Philippines have steadily risen in recent years, and after making the Suzuki Cup semis for the first time ever in 2010, have shone once again by finishing second in Group A ahead Vietnam and Myanmar.
While some have made them slight favourites for Saturday's game, ahead of next Wednesday's return leg at the Jalan Besar Stadium, Avramovic believes his players have what it takes to make their opponents wait longer to taste Southeast Asian glory.
"It's up to us to make them [Philippines] wait another two years to win the competition," he said.
"I think maybe Philippines should show Singapore more respect. Singapore are three-time winners and I think they shouldn't be talking like it's easy to beat Singapore.
"I don't think they are favourites because I think we can deal with their players better than we have with those of other teams."
The Lions do not have the best record against the Philippines in recent times, falling to a 2-0 defeat at the Jurong West Stadium back in September, before losing 1-0 in their most recent meeting in Cebu last month.
Nonetheless, Avramovic believes their previous encounters with the Azkals have prepared his side well for the next 180 minutes.
"It's good that we are in this semi-final but we are looking for our target and that is the final," he added.
"In some ways, we have already faced this situation [playing Philippines] and I hope this time we can do better.
"It's very simple - there are two games standing between us and the final. It's like 90 minutes with a bigger rest period.
"Whoever is more patient and experienced will end up as winners. Each game will be different anyway but I'm expecting two games of good football."
Singapore will be missing midfielders Hariss Harun and Shi Jiayi but their Serbian tactician believes they have what it takes to overcome their absences.
"Of course it's good to have all players available but if you don't, you have to deal with the situation," Avramovic said.
"We have other players filling in and what's happening now has happened before.
"The players coming in are playing in the same position and we'll be preparing them. I hope they have enough experience to deal with the situation."
The Lions qualified for the last four after finishing top of Group B, ahead of defending champions Malaysia on goal difference.