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Malaysia Vs Singapore : Why Malaysia Will Prevail

Off the Premier League football for once today and to some Asian football and Malaysia really have it all to do against Singapore come tomorrow. Malaysia are 5-3 down thanks to a poor defensive showing in the first leg by the Malaysian centerbacks and now they have to really step up their game at Bukit [...]

Off the Premier League football for once today and to some Asian football and Malaysia really have it all to do against Singapore come tomorrow.

Malaysia are 5-3 down thanks to a poor defensive showing in the first leg by the Malaysian centerbacks and now they have to really step up their game at Bukit Jalil tomorrow. And the war of words has already begun, with Duric (Singaporean strker) firing the first salvo, claiming that Malaysia are scared of the Singaporeans.

Malaysia have had a recent rejuvenation in their football, winning the latest edition of the Suzuki Cup, attracting big name teams including the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool playing against their selection in the space of just a single week, and it looked even better reaching the 2nd round of World Cup qualifying, but their progress has been halted by the fiery Singaporean attack.

I have been a loyal supporter of our national team for the past decade, more so since we won the AFF Suzuki Cup last year, the first time we have done that

A Malaysian Fan

Another crucial aspect of their defeat was that it was played on Singaporean turf, made an even bigger advantage thanks to the fact that it is an artificial turf, giving the Singaporean players a much bigger advantage, having more oppourtunities to play there.

Safee Sali will certainly be relied on to bring the goods home for Malaysia, having been on quite a scoring streak recently, 2 goals against Premier League side Liverpool and another brace against Singapore in the first leg of this very special encounter.

The fact that Malaysia and Singapore are causeway rivals just makes the rivalry so much more stronger. Khairul Fahmi is likely to be between the sticks for Malaysia following the relatively poor showing in goal by first leg goalkeeper Sharbinee. Fahmi was in his element when Malaysia marched to victory at the Suzuki Cup just a year ago.

Another key player whom is likely to play a part for Malaysia is tough tackling sweeper Aidil Zafuan whom was ruled out of the first leg through injury and was also initially ruled out of the second, but under certain circumstance (that being the poor defensive showing), his presence is ever so key in the second leg.

A 90,000 capacity of support for the Harimau Muda awaits both Malaysia and Singapore tomorrow, so Singapore, watch out!

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