Analysis

AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 Predicted XI: Malaysia vs Laos

Malaysia face Loas in the second fixture of match day 3 of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur with both sides needing a win — but for altogether different reasons. 

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2010 champions Malaysia have three points in their bag after defeating Cambodia in the opening fixture, but will want another three to strengthen their credentials for the knockout stages before facing regional heavyweight and 2008 AFF Suzuki Cup winners Vietnam.

Meanwhile, for Laos, their tournament will be as good as over even before it began if they fail to get at least a point out of the Malaysia encounter. They had lost to Vietnam in the first match and would want to avoid defeat against Malaysia to even have an outside chance for qualification when they face the unfancied sides of the group.

So, lets take a look at how the two teams might lineup for the clash at Kuala Lumpur.

MALAYSIA

Malaysia would have expected to score more than once against Cambodia in their opener, but that wasn’t the case at the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium. However, it looks like head coach Tan Cheng Hoe will not disrupt the balance of the side and would want to give the starting 11 from the first match a go again against Laos.

Goalkeeper: Khairul Fahmi
Defenders: Syazwan Andik, Shahrul Saad, Aidil Zafuan, Syahmi Safari
Midfielders: Safawi Rasid, Akram Mahinan, Syamer Kutty, Sumareh
Forwards: Norshahrul Idlan, Zaquan Adha