Italy friendly with Luxemburg wac canceled because of earthquake so boss Cesare Prandelli has no choice but to field his strongest side in the dress rehearsal for the opening Euro 2012 game against Spain and the good thing is Giorgio Chiellini is available after recovering from injury.
On the other side Russia has no win yet in two friendlyes (Uruguay 1-1 and Lithuania 0-0) so they need good game and victory for selfconfidence.
Hong Kong will have few debut players today.
On the other side Singapore also with few new players
“From the past trainings we went through, we looked good. Hopefully we can use these friendlies to perform for the AFF Suzuki Cup,” said Bahaikki.
Joining the experienced campaigners are newcomers Ahmed Fahmie of Tampines Rovers and LionsXII goalkeeper Hyrulnizam Juma’at. While Hyrulnizam has been part of the recent squads, he has not started an ‘A’ international match.
Expected to start against Hong Kong, ‘Ah Lau’ responded, “Of course I feel confident. And this is a different level game, so I have to be much more focused. Being an international match, it’s definitely different from what we have been playing and I think it will test my ability level too. It’s a big test but I’m up for it.”
Malaysia (153 fifa rank) without topscorer Mohd Amri Yahyah (att 69/23), Mohd Amirul Hadi Zainal (mf 29/7), Baddrol Bakhtiar (mf 21/6), Abdul Radzak (att 23/5), Putra Omar (df 27/0), Askhari (2/0) – all they was important and played in WC qualifications
Philippines (148 fifa rank) without main golakeeper Neil Etheridge (Fulham, 33/0), Lucena from AGF, Cristopher Greatwich (27/5), Simon Greatwich (mf 10/0), topscorer Phil Younghusband (34/24), James Younghusband (mf 44/6, chelsea scool), Dennis Cagara (2/0 but debut few month ago, he was in all youth Denmark national teams), Ray Jónsson (df 24/0)
Kazakhstan – Kyrgyzstan
Kazahstan has two ‘foreign’ players, other are locals. On the other side for Kyrgyzstan players Kazah’s league is El Dorado, two of them are playing in Kazahstan (but in 52nd leadue). Difference is enormous
*part 2 little later with other games, previews, picks and lineups