Although boosted by a 4-2 win over Myanmar on Wednesday, Singapore coach Bernd Stange is not taking Malaysia lightly as the arch-rivals prepare to meet tomorrow in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup Group B finale.
With the 55,000 National Stadium expected to be close to capacity, and the Tigers still reeling from a last-minute 3-2 defeat by Thailand, Stange believes Malaysia will pose a serious danger as both countries face each other in a winner-takes-all match , with a spot in the semi-finals awaiting the victor.
"You'll never know what will happen in football," said the Lions coach, whose side need only a draw if Myanmar fail to beat Thailand.
"Malaysia is a wounded animal. That's why they are extremely dangerous."
Singapore will be without two key players - suspended defender Baihakki Khaizan and midfielder Shahdan Sulaiman, who is out of the tournament with a fractured leg.
Stange is keeping his cards close to his chest and will not name the replacements until after training on Friday evening.
Only a win will do for Malaysia and Tigers coach Dollah Salleh hopes his men can upset the hosts at Kallang.
He said: "We desperately need a win. I hope the team will try to give something to the Malaysians."