Having stayed undefeated in all the games so far in this competition, a ravening Thai side will be looking to keep the same intensity to finish off this tournament strong with a bang. They have secured themselves with a very big advantage on aggregate with a score line of 4-0 in the first leg.
However, coach Polking emphasised in his post-match interview after the first leg that he wants his players to be consistent and to not be complacent until they have secured the cup, as they have everything to lose at this point, “we now have a big advantage, of course we shouldn’t make too big a party but we know now that it is in our hands to bring the trophy back to Thailand”.
On the other hand, Indonesia would need a miracle to turn this around as they are trailing 4-0 in this finals on aggregate. It took Thailand’s Chanathip to create history by smashing the ball into the Garuda’s net just 90 seconds after the first whistle of the game was blown, considering the fastest goal ever in all of AFF Suzuki Cup competitions.
Indonesia’s Irfan Jaya, whom has scored certain crucial goals in this tournament so far, was also given a chance by Kambuaya to get one back for Indonesia, only to be denied by Siwarak.
The ex-Korean Republic coach Shin Tae-Yong emphasised that motivation is the key factor for his players to move on from the crushing defeat that they had just faced in the first leg. “I accept the defeat and I know that it may be impossible to come back and defeat Thailand in the second leg, especially if we play like we did in the second half tonight. However, the ball is round, we won’t give up and we’ll keep fighting. I’m not going to focus too much on what went wrong tonight but rather on what we did well to keep encouraging the players”.
Thailand vs Indonesia Head-to-Head
Both the teams have shared the field eight times in various competitions, as Thailand won five of them, lost two and drew one.
Thailand Form Guide: W-W-W-D-W
Indonesia Form Guide: D-W-D-W-L
Thailand vs Indonesia Team News
Elias Dolah suffered an injury to his leg in the 39th minute of the game in the first leg. There are no reported suspensions.
Injured: Elias Dolah
There are no reported injuries or suspensions.
Thailand vs Indonesia Predicted Starting XI
Thailand Predicted XI ( 4-2-3-1 ): S. Tedsungnoen, T. Do, K. Kaman, M. Bihr, P. Roller, C. Songkrasin, P. Sukjitthammakkul, W. Pomphan, B. Phala, S. Sarachat, T. Dangda
Indonesia Predicted XI ( 4-2-3-1 ): N. Argawinata, A. Mangkualam, F. Aryanto, R. R, E. Febriansah, R. Irianto, A. Dewangga, W. Sulaeman, R. Kambuaya, I.Jaya, D.Setiawan.
Thailand would be looking forward to clinch their sixth AFF Suzuki Cup title comfortably as they have an utmost advantage over the aggregate score line. However, complacency might be their biggest enemy in the second leg of the finals as Indonesia currently have nothing to lose, as they will be hoping to capitalise over Polking’s fear of losing their current 4-0 lead.
Prediction: Thailand 2-0 Indonesia