FFT’s potential Singapore starting XI to face Bahrain
With his plans nearly firmed up, it can be safe to assume Sundram will field his strongest starting 11 to see how he can tweak tactic and strategies to suit his players.
The quintet missed out in the friendly against Cambodia as they had their respective clubs’ obligations to fulfil.
So will Sundram field all five players against Bahrain? FourFourTwo takes a shot at predicting who will start for Singapore on Thursday.
Singapore vs Cambodia starting 11
GK: Izwan Mahbud
LB: Shakir Hamzah
CB: Abdil Qaiyyim
CB: Madhu Mohana
RB: Faritz Hameed
LM: Hafiz Sujad
RM: Nazrul Nazari
CM: Izzdin Shafiq
CM: Zulfahmi Arifin
FW: Fazrul Nawaz
FW: Khairul Amri (C)
Goalkeeper: Hassan Sunny
Will it be Izwan or Hassan? Of the two goalkeepers, Hassan’s physique might be an advantage against Bahrain.
Middle-Eastern teams tend to be bulky and are a huge threat aerially but Hassan should be able to match them easily when it comes to collecting crosses or set-piece deliveries.
Left-back: Shakir Hamzah
If FourFourTwo had to guess, Shakir Hamzah would probably start ahead of veteran Daniel Bennett for this game, simply because of his age.
The latter may be a superb defender but at 38, he might not be able to last the whole game against Bahrain. His reading and experience will come in handy, but probably in the latter stages of the match.
Right-back: Juma’at Jantan
Juma’at missed out on a spot in Sundram’s last spot, but he has done well to earn a recall and should slot in defence, at right-back.
His other two competitors are Faritz Hameed and Nazrul Nazari. What should give Juma’at the edge is his experience though, as the 32-year-old has played his fair share of international matches.
Despite being over 30, Juma’at is still capable of making marauding run down the right flanks while putting in decent crosses.
Centre-back: Baihakki Khaizan
Against Cambodia, it felt Bai’s absence made a huge difference as the defence lacked an experience head to keep things calm at the back.
The towering defender is not afraid to get stuck in and throughout the years, he has honed his tackling abilities and timing. This is one player Sundram will rely on heavily for the upcoming Suzuki Cup.
Centre-back: Madhu Mohana
If it is all about familiarisation, then Madhu should get the nod to start alongside Bai. The two have played alongside each other for the past few years while on international duty and are a solid pair, when on form.