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Thailand confident ahead of Malaysia showdown

Kuala Lumpur: Thailand arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Monday aiming to continue their winning run in the Asian Qualifiers tie for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023. 

After a goalless draw with Vietnam on Matchday One, Thailand bounced back with victories over Indonesia and United Arab Emirates and up next for the Group G leaders are regional rivals Malaysia.

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Three points against Malaysia on Thursday will place the Thais in a comfortable position as the Qualifiers reach the half-way mark, but head coach Akira Nishino will have to do so without the services of Theerathon Bunmathan.

"It is a pity that I cannot help the team in this match, but I am confident the other players can get the job done," said Bunmathan, who is suspended for one match.

Midfielder Sarach Yooyen believes Thailand are ready for Malaysia's challenge.

“We have trained well and understand the tactics better now. I think we will get better and better.

"I am expecting six points from these two matches, but first we have to create a good result against Malaysia," said Sarach.

Thailand play Vietnam away next Tuesday.

Thailand, however, don't have a good record against Malaysia in recent qualifying ties and Buriram United midfielder Supachok Sarachat is determined to correct that.

"I have never played against Malaysia and I am not expecting an easy game on Thursday, but we are ready for the match," Sarachat said.

"We can never underestimate the home team, but I think we can change our past record at this venue."

Photos: Football Association of Thailand

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