AFF Suzuki Cup: Singapore vs Indonesia Preview

Singapore and Indonesia both face a must-win situation on Friday if they want to avoid being knocked out in the group stage of the AFF Suzuki Cup.

Singapore and Indonesia are third and fourth respectively on the Group A standings behind reigning champions Thailand and co-hosts Philippines.

A win for either side will see them move up to second place, but they will then need Thailand to defeat Philippines on the same day in order to book their spot in the semi-finals.

Having drawn 0-0 with Philippines and lost 1-0 to Thailand, Singapore coach V. Sundramoorthy knows his side are on the verge of failing to make it past the group stage for the second consecutive time as it happened in the last edition of the tournament in 2014.

With that in mind, he is confident the Lions will rise to the occasion and claim the three points they need to keep their campaign alive.

“We have analysed Indonesia and looked at their weaknesses,” he said. “We will try to plan and exploit their weaknesses. We’ll also look at their strengths and come up with a game plan.

“We’ve had two good matches, we were unlucky against Thailand. Indonesia are a very good team with good players. We are focusing on our own team, trying to get the win.”

As far as who Singapore will be looking to silence throughout the match, Sundramoorthy pointed out that Indonesia captain Boaz Salossa is the man they will target.

“We know Boaz Salossa is a very good player… we must find a way to stop him,” he added.

Indonesia, meanwhile, began their journey with a 4-2 loss to Thailand before drawing 2-2 with Philippines.

With the threat of elimination hanging over them, coach Alfred Riedl is determined to see his side advance to the semi-finals.

He knows that this will be easier said than done however as he expects Singapore to play a more attacking brand of football rather than sticking with the defensive mindset they have had in their first two games.

“Looking at the previous game, Singapore did not score any goals and conceded in the dying minutes,” he said. “In the first match against Philippines, Singapore played open football with 11 players, then played defensively after to get the draw.

“In the second match, Thailand are powerhouses but Singapore made it difficult for them and the tactics almost worked. This time they have to win so I expect them to play similar to their early showing against Philippines. We are prepared. Both teams have to win and this will open the game up.”

Riedl, though, admitted that his side could be hindered by injuries as a number of players are doubtful for the crucial clash.