2014 AFF Suzuki Cup Power Rankings: Match Days 3 and 4

Here are the perfect pass blog’s power rankings for Match Days 3 & 4 for th 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup.

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#1 THAILAND

Winning at the death against two of its strongest group opponents makes the War Elephants automatic title favorites for this tournament. Their last game against Myanmar would be another chance for Kiatisuk Senamuang to test the depth of his lineup. His initial try almost backfired against Malaysia but timely adjustments ensured their qualification on the next round.

#2 PHILIPPINES

Beating its perennial tormentor Indonesia by four not only meant that Azkals has entered the semi-finals but also announced that they are a team to beat in the Suzuki Cup. Relentless for the full ninety, the Philippine squad controlled the match and never gave Garuda a chance to breathe. A win against their group hosts would cement them as the other title favorite for this tournament.

#3 VIETNAM

The Group A hosts were under pressure to score plenty of goals after getting a draw on opening day. That pressure was evident as they took the full ninety minutes to get three goals which is far from ideal target. The home crowd can be a factor on the deciding match against the Philippines.

#4 SINGAPORE

Singapore roared back against their unlucky opening game defeat against Thailand and beat their former Coach in the process. A sense of urgency was evident in the squad in their win which netted them four goals and conceding two. A draw in their next match would ensure their progress in the semis.

#5 MALAYSIA

Malaysia showed their true quality against the fancied young Thai squad only to lose at the last minute from an Adisak strike. The return of Gary Steven Robbat from suspension will surely make things interesting for Harimau Malaya. A win against Singapore is needed to in order for them to reach the semis.

#6 MYANMAR

It has been a poor campaign so far for the burmese squad after losing to hosts Singapore in their last match. Much was expected from the top team from the qualifying but it never really panned out in the end. They would need to win against mighty Thailand and hope Malaysia beats Singapore to have a slim chance of qualifying.

#7 INDONESIA

The Merah Putih have lost their biggest match in recent history against the Azkals and everything has been a disaster since. They will need to overhaul a goal difference of 7 with Vietnam and hope the Philippines win against the hosts.

#8 LAOS

The Laotians are out of the tournament with the loss against Vietnam as the final nail to their coffin. Nothing much is expected of them from now on but it will be interesting to see their motivation against also-ran Indonesia.

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