Myanmar v Thailand: Three key battles in the SEA Games final

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Football Channel Asia takes a look at three key areas ahead of ’s clash with in the final game of at National Stadium Singapore on Monday.

Sithu Aung v Tristan Do

Although Sithu Aung has often been moved to play both offensive and defensive role in Myanmar defense for several international games, he might find more joy if he drifts as a left attacking full-back on Monday’s final. However, the Thailand defensive line have found their groove since the beginning of tournament and were particularly impressive so far, with Tristan Do provides energy and a lot of attacking support on Thai’s right side and it will be likely to be a fiercely-contested between them.

Hlaing Bo Bo v Chanathip Songkrasin

Hlaing Bo Bo is one of the top performer for Myanmar during this tournament and he will have to put on his defending shoes to annul the threat of Chanathip Songkrasin on Monday. Nay Lin Tun probably will struggle to deal with the nippy Thai playmaker on his own offensive area, so Hlaing Bo Bo will have to keep his more offensive instincts in guard to stop Chanathip from being overrun. As Thailand’s attacking midfielder, Messi Jay will have a vital role in exerting pressure on the 18-year-old Yadanarbon youngster from the front to stop him from exerting his usual influence.

Shine Thura v Artit Daosawang

The 22-year-old Muangthong United defender showed a solid performance in the Thailand’s defense during the tournament, helping the team to set an impressive devensive record with only conceding one goal in six games in a row from the group stage until last semifinal game against Indonesia. So Artit Daosawang should know all about Shine Thura as he prepares to lock horns with the Myanmar hotshot, who played a vital role under Kyi Lwin’s guidance and succesfully led his team qualified for the final game on Monday.