A face-off between a runners-up of Singapore’s S.League and Indonesia’s Liga 1.
With a many beaches and lifelike rice fields, Bali is one of a world’s many renouned holiday destinations. However, Tampines Rovers are not there on a vacation; they are on a idea to make it into Asia’s chosen bar competition.
The Stags finished second in a S.League for a third true year in 2017, though have competent for this theatre as champions Albirex Niigata – tributary bar of J2 side Albirex – are not authorised to paint a Republic due to joining rules.
Their hosts Bali United also finished runners-up in Liga 1, though will paint Indonesia in this foe as champions Bhayangkara FC unsuccessful to accommodate AFC’s bar chartering criteria.
The leader of this strife will jet off to Thailand to take on Thai League 1 side Chiangrai United on Jan 23.
Whoever prevails will afterwards conduct to China to accommodate Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai SIPG – who have distinguished Brazilian players like Oscar and Hulk in their ranks – in a final playoff on Jan 30 to establish who creates it into a contest proper.
It is a outrageous plea for both clubs, who started their pre-season progressing in credentials for this AFC Champions League (ACL) rough turn one qualifier.
Tampines collected 2-1 and 2-0 accessible wins opposite Malaysia Premier League side Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) II and Eastern rivals Geylang International, while Bali warmed adult with a 1-0 detriment to newly-promoted Liga 1 side PSIS Semarang.
The large news is that Tampines’ span of gaseous unfamiliar wingers Jordan Webb and Ryutaro Megumi are out by injury, that means a Stags will margin an all-Singaporean side.
Young forwards Faizal Raffi and Taufik Suparno are also taken due to a dislocated bend and National Service respectively.
As such, immature winger Zulfadhmi Suzliman – who scored a glorious header in a 2-0 win opposite Geylang final week – and Fazrul Nawaz should line adult on a wings possibly side of Singapore centurion brazen Khairul Amri.
They are expected to line adult in a 3-4-3 arrangement again, with a behind 3 of Daniel Bennett, Mustafic Fahrudin and Afiq Yunos in front of new No.1 Syazwan Buhari.
Lilipaly famously scored a Indonesian idea that dumped Singapore out of a 2016 Suzuki Cup
Meanwhile Bali should be means to margin a full-strength squad, with Indonesia manager Luis Milla opting not to call adult their inhabitant group players for Sunday night’s 4-1 accessible better to World Cup-bound Iceland.
While they have mislaid final season’s Liga 1 tip scorer Sylvano Comvalius (37 goals) to Thai League 1 side Suphanburi, they have brought in Illja Spasojevic from champions Bhayangkara – who is also a inclusive scorer himself.
The Dutch-born Spasojevic, who has 3 goals in 4 Indonesia appearances, has only been reliable as a internal actor by AFC – permitting Bali to register all 4 unfamiliar players on their roster.
Dutch midfield twin Nick outpost der Velden and Kevin Brands had knowledge personification in a Dutch Eredivisie, while fans in this segment will be informed with Indonesian twin Irfan Bachdim and Stefano Lilipaly.
Key Battle: Stefano Lilipaly vs Yasir Hanapi
The star of Bali ought to be Lilipaly, who famously scored a Indonesia idea that dumped Singapore out of a 2016 Suzuki Cup and played a starring purpose in their run to a final.
The Dutch-born aggressive midfielder, who changed to a bar from Dutch second-tier side SC Cambuur final Aug due to family reasons, has a ability to wreak massacre with his forceful runs from midfield and perplexing passes.
Yasir is expected to be a one tasked with interlude Lilipaly, carrying been fielded in a center of a park for their dual friendlies alongside Amirul Adli.
The 28-year-old, who returned to Tampines from PDRM FA, is not a many clever of midfielders, though some-more than creates adult for that with his persistence as he is customarily found covering each blade of grass.
Bali’s Widodo Putro is widely famous for his exploits as a actor – carrying scored Indonesia’s first-ever idea in a Asian Cup by a bicycle flog in 1996 – though is now figure out a good repute as a coach.
We’re going to be underdogs. But it’s a conditions that we have to live with and we can't lamentation anything
The 47-year-old suffered only 4 waste in 29 games given holding over during a helm final May.
Meanwhile Tampines’ Jurgen Raab has managed to move a good character of football given being allocated in Feb 2017.
Now into a second year of his three-year understanding during a Stags, a 59-year-old German ought to broach success for a club, who final won a S.League in 2013.
Firstly, he needs to find a approach to navigate past Bali though arguably a team’s dual best players in Webb and Megumi.
“Without them, we’re going to be underdogs. But it’s a conditions that we have to live with and we can't lamentation anything,” he said. “It’s a outrageous plea for us and we’ll try a best over there.”
Facts and Figures
- This is a fourth time Tampines are participating in a ACL qualifiers. They fell on their initial jump on a past 3 occasions, losing 2-1 (after additional time) to Hong Kong’s South China in 2014, 3-1 to India’s Mohun Bagan in 2016 and 2-0 to Philippines’ Global Cebu in 2017.
- Bali achieved a same series of points (68) as champions Bhayangkara, though mislaid a 2017 Liga 1 pretension due to an defective head-to-head record.
- Bali were formerly famous as Putra Samarinda. Former Singapore winger Ridhuan Muhammad spent half a deteriorate on loan there in 2013, while his cousin Fazli Jaffar also underwent trials there.
- Tampines are dominant in their final 9 rival outings after losing 4-0 to Albirex final August.
- Bali have not mislaid in their final 5 rival games, given a 3-2 retreat during Persiba Balikpapan in Oct 2017.
- If Tampines lose, they could be grouped with Malaysia giants Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) in Group H of a second-tier AFC Cup.
- Bali midfielder Sutanto Tan was on a books of S.League side Hougang United in 2014.
- Bali’s new Brazilian defender Demerson transient genocide in 2016 when he was with Chapecoense, as he did not house a moody that killed 19 of his teammates.
Tampines will conflict tough in front of a narrow-minded crowd, though Bali should have a peculiarity to come by with a 2-1 win in law time.
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