The 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup is surely taking shape after two rounds of Group Stage games. We preview the final Group Stage matches and present to you the possible picks to have for Match Day 3.
First and foremost we have the results from MD2! Many Congratulations to Rigan Indonesia! He packed his defence with defenders from Myanmar and it paid off! Well done! We will be in touch shortly.
Thailand are already through as group winners. The three other teams can still go through, presenting an array of possibilities.
- IF Philippines beat Thailand, they will qualify.
- IF Philippines draw Thailand AND Singapore draw Indonesia, Philippines will qualify.
- IF Philippines draw Thailand AND Singapore Vs Indonesia does not end in a draw, the winner of the latter game will qualify.
- IF Philippines loses to Thailand AND Singapore Vs Indonesia does not end in a draw, the winner of the latter game will qualify.
- IF Philippines loses to Thailand by two goals or more AND Singapore Vs Indonesia ends in a draw, Singapore will qualify.
- In a special scenario when Philippines loses 1-0 to Thailand and Singapore Vs Indonesia ends in a 2-2 draw, a special lot drawing session will be held.
Singapore VS Indonesia
A must-win game for either side. Both sides will have to go for it or risk going home early. Indonesia’s captain and inspiration Boaz Solossa has already struck twice in the tournament and a must-have especially when his nation counts on him. His striker partner is Lerby Eliandry and worth a look-in against Singapore. Defender Fachrudin Aryanto has abilities going forward. Andik Vermansyah has yet to be involved in any of Indonesia’s four goals to date but has looked dangerous going forward.
For Singapore, they have played their last two matches in the most defensive of mindsets and it will take some effort to re-align themselves. They must score or they go home. From their defence, Daniel Bennett looks good for a goal on set-pieces. Faritz Abdul Hameed is a marauding wing-back that likes to attack. Captain Hariss Harun is capable of a goal or two but look no further than Khairul Amri – Singapore’s chief goal-getter.
Thailand V Philippines
Thailand literally has nothing to play for so for the sake of tournament management, it is possible for coach Kiatisuk Senamuang to make wholesale changes to his XI. Only recommendation here is Charyl Chappuis – the Thai star midfielder who actually needs more game time to get in shape. He has came off the bench twice already, it won’t be a surprise if he is chosen to start here.
For the hosts Philippines, they would naturally go out and try to win this game. Captain and striker Phil Younghusband is a natural pick. Like in MD2, Stephan Schrock is a must have because he takes all set-pieces for his team and he is very good at them. Midfielder Hikaru Minegishi was lively and may cause the Thais some trouble. Any of the defenders – Jeffrey Christiaens, Amani Aguinaldo or Kenshiro Daniels are worthy picks if you believe that the hosts can keep the Thais at bay.
Group B is by far more straight forward.
- Vietnam are through.
- Cambodia have been eliminated.
- For the Myanmar VS Malaysia tie, the winner will proceed to the semi-finals. In an event of a draw, Myanmar progresses on virtue of goal difference.
Vietnam V Cambodia
Technically a dead rudder but Vietnam will not take this too easily as at minimum, a draw is required to guarantee top spot and hence avoid Thailand in the Semis. Goalkeeper Tran Nguyan Manh is definitely worth a pick as the Viets are very likely to keep the Cambodians at bay. Truong Dinh Luat and Que Ngoc Hai are good picks to have in defence. Nguyan Van Quyet had a very good game against the Malaysians and should be leading the line against here. Nguyan Trong Hoang already has a goal and an assist to his name so will be another good option in midfield.
As for the Cambodians, they are already out and will be trying to play their best here. Striker Chan Vathanaka remain a great option to have upfront.
Myanmar V Malaysia
Both sides will field their best XI in this must-win game. For the Malaysians, Amri Yahyah is their go-to man for the occasion. Baddrol Bakhtiar is a play maker with an eye for goal. If you fancy a defender from Malaysia, go right-back Matthew Davies, who can go forward well. Goalkeeper Khairul Fahmi Che Mat is an experienced goalkeeper.
For the hosts, you can count on striker Aung Thu, who has already scored twice this tournament. His striker partner Than Paing is also a lively striker that can fancied for a goal. The real star of the team is of course captain Yan Aung Kyaw who will no doubt run all day. Defender Zaw Min Tun scored twice from set-pieces against Cambodia and will be a quality defender to have. Myanmar goalkeeper is Kyaw Zin Phyo, who should be picked if host victory is fancied here.
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