And then there were two … Indonesia and Thailand meet in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup Final for the title. For our League SX Fantasy Football game, it will be two separate games where you get to pick players only from these two teams over two legs.
This piece will cover our picks over the two legs.
Indonesia will be the home team first in the first leg. Having already lost to Thailand in the Group Stages, it is fair to say that they will know their opponents very well. The strategy will be no doubt try to get a result in the first leg so that there will be something to defend in the return leg in Bangkok. Thailand has been by far the best team in tournament so far, winning all their five games thus far.
For Indonesia, Boaz Solossa should be an obvious pick, especially in the first leg. He is not technically better than any of the Thais but he is hardworking and spirited and if Indonesia were to score, he will definitely play a key role. Midfielders Stefano Lilipaly, Rizky Ripora and Andik Vermansyah have all done relatively well in the competitive and will all likely start for the Garuda. Indonesia backline has been leaky throughout the competition but if you have to choose, Benny Wahyudi is an good option.
Most managers should pack their line-ups with Thai players. From the back, Kawin Thamsatchanan is a clear choice and perhaps even for the captain’s armband. Theerathon Bunmathan is a must-have, given that he already has a goal and two assists to his name. Adison Promrak, Tristan Do and Koravit Namwiset are all players to have for your defence. The Thais have kept four clean sheets in five – only the Indonesians have previously breached their defence.
In the Thai midfield, Sarawut Masuk is enjoying a breakout tournament, over-shadowing his more illustrious teammates with 3 goals and 1 assist to his name so far. Our star pick is, however, Chanathip Songkrasin. The diminutive midfielder has not necessarily been at his best so far – but this is the Final so there should be no surprises if “Messi-Jay” steps up. Last but of course not the least, do not ignore Teerasil Dangda. He already has five goals and will most likely add to his tally here. The strongest candidate for captaincy by far.
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