AFF Suzuki Cup 2018

Lions need mettle in the middle

Thailand midfielder Sanrawat Dechmitr (left), seen here with Indonesia's Andik Vermansah, is likely to be part of a midfield trio who will face Singapore in Sunday's AFF Suzuki Cup Group B deciding fixture. The other two are Thitipan Puangchan and Ta
Thailand midfielder Sanrawat Dechmitr (left), seen here with Indonesia's Andik Vermansah, is likely to be part of a midfield trio who will face Singapore in Sunday's AFF Suzuki Cup Group B deciding fixture. The other two are Thitipan Puangchan and Tanaboon Kesarat.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Thailand-based Singapore players point to midfield battle as key to stopping favourites

It would take a brave one to say that five-time Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup champions Thailand have a soft centre.

But, if the Lions are to achieve victory against the War Elephants in their final Group B fixture in Bangkok on Sunday to ensure qualification for the semi-finals, they must dominate the midfield.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 23, 2018, with the headline 'Lions need mettle in the middle'. Print Edition | Subscribe