By Gabriel Tan
A spot in the final of Southeast Asia's premier international tournament is firmly up for grabs at the Jalan Besar Stadium on Wednesday evening, after both sides played out a 0-0 draw in last Saturday's first leg in Manila.
However, that game also represented the third straight occasion where the Lions failed to find the back of the net against Philippines, after 2-0 and 1-0 friendly defeats earlier this year.
Nonetheless, Duric, who has appeared in every game for Singapore so far in the tournament, believes a repeat of their performance at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, home advantage, and a touch of fortune will be enough to send them through to the final.
"I think it's all in our hands playing at home," he told ESPNSTAR.com.
"We had a good game in the first leg and if we play the same way like we did in Manila, I think we should have no problem.
"It's also very important to score goals. I think we're now lacking the goals but I hope tomorrow [Wednesday], on home soil and with the fans behind us, we'll definitely score.
"Nothing's really gone wrong but sometimes you just have no luck."
The Lions were especially wasteful at the weekend when they failed to find the net despite their first-half dominance, and the Tampines Rovers veteran admits they cannot afford the same profligacy on Wednesday.
"Of course you need good balls into the box to score goals and one positive is that we are making a lot of chances," Duric added.
"In such games, it's important because you don't get many chances. But if you can convert one or two then it's good because Philippines defend very well as a team, so it's very difficult to break them down."
As things stand, an early strike for Philippines would make things extremely difficult for Singapore given away goals count double, and Duric concedes his side need to get in their opponents' faces right from the first whistle.
"We have to pressure them early on and make them make mistakes," the 42-year-old revealed. "And if we can use this to get closer to the penalty box and the goal, it will be good enough.
"But I have a feeling if we score early on tomorrow [Wednesday], then they will have to open up and then it will be easier for us to score more goals."
Having earned his first cap for the Lions in November 2007, nine months after they last won the Suzuki Cup, Duric has so far been unrewarded for his years of service to his adopted country.
And given he will call it a day at international level at the end of the tournament, the evergreen striker is determined to have one final hurrah with Singapore.
"Personally, I'll be the happiest guy in the world [if Singapore make the final] because this is my last tournament and every game is the last one for the national team," Duric said.
"I'm hoping to finish on a high note and to make the final would be good enough for me."
Duric won his 50th cap for Singapore in last Saturday's game and has racked up 27 goals in the process.