'Hostile' Indonesia clash can only help Malaysia – Ong

The Malaysia-Indonesia rivalry have been heated in the past and when the two teams clash in an international friendly, a friendly bout is the last thing expected.

It is still early days for either teams in their preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup but any form of bragging rights will be welcomed.

Indonesia play their first International since a FIFA-enforced blanket ban while the Malaysians are reeling from a spate of international retirement and injuries.

Malaysia coach Ong Kim Swee said victory was something both countries long for but he was quick to turn his attention to the Suzuki Cup, including how the atmosphere on Tuesday will help his players prepare for the tournament.

"Both countries have a long history ... its a big match that is part of preparation for the Suzuki Cup," Ong told reporters.

"I'm hoping it turns out to be a high quality match so there is something positive for us to take back and polish the squad further. We are in a transition so I'm seeking some combinations and understanding.

"I was told there'll be a big turnout for the game, which is good because some of players need that experience. At the Suzuki Cup, our last group match will be against the hosts, Myanmar ... the atmosphere could be quite similar.

"I just hope the fans stay professional."

The Malaysians have made 13 changes to their squad after the retirement of Safiq Rahim, Aidil Zafuan Abdul Radzak, Amirul Hadi Zainal and S. Kunanlan.

The likes of Shahrom Kalam, Fazly Mazlan, Christie Jayaseelan and Junior Eldstal are out injured.