Our preview susses out the foe and tells you where the game will be won and lost
The flak – even insults – has been aplenty.
Quite remarkably though, Singapore are 180 minutes away from becoming Southeast Asia’s greatest footballing nation.
The men in red take on the bigger country but smaller players of Thailand tomorrow and Saturday in the Suzuki Cup final. If they prevail, it would be their fourth regional title, ascending above the opponents’ three and becoming outright the competition’s most successful.
Yet, less than a month ago, fans seemed to have had enough of coach Radojko Avramovic. The country had undergone a purge of its footballing scene after a disgraceful 2010 tournament, and more recently, won just four out of 20, prior to the glorious opening-day victory in Malaysia.
Now, fans are purring over the same man, plus the players, of whom several were part of that 2010 nightmare.
Question now is, can the Lions actually subdue the War Elephants, arguably the best ensemble this Suzuki Cup?
A lot will matter, from the 11 players one yellow away from suspension, to the clash of tactics between Raddy and Winfried Schäfer.
The German is expected to utilize his dangerous 4-5-1 shape, while his wily counterpart might not start all his attacking-minded players over the two legs.
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