By Craig Burrows and Roy Moore
Mr. Palami confirms the formation and the line-up for today which will be the great talking point of the day. The team will play a 4-5-1 formation beginning with Neil Etheridge returning in goal as he flies all the way from England, Gener plays at right-back, Gier and Del Rosario in the centre of defence and Jonsson will play on the left.
The two holding midfielders will be Simon Greatwich and captain Aly Borromeo, allowing James Younghusband and ‘Chieffy’ Caligdong to push forward on the wings to create chances and supply the lone striker Ian Araneta who plays in front of the new Azkal Angel Guirado, the 6’3’’ Spanish-Filipino who will play in an attacking midfield role, allowed creativity and to roam due to the two holding midfielders.
Gener — Gier — Del Rosario — Jonsson
Greatwich — Borromeo
J. Younghusband — Guirado — Caligdong
The Philippines will miss Phil Younghusband through a hamstring injury while Jason De Jong has commitments with his club in Indonesia. Rob Gier, the Fil-Brit retains his spot in the team, this time as the central defender, after being solid throughout the Suzuki Cup and qualifiers against Mongolia, though his wife is pregnant and so he has two reasons to feel nervous for the upcoming days. Knowing the player he is, though, we’re all sure he will cope well and wish him the best of luck.
The team are quietly confident and seem to have gelled well as they prepare for their first game against hosts Myanmar tomorrow evening. The 4-5-1 formation allows the team more protection at the back compared to the 4-4-2 they used in Mongolia and it is likely both teams will start cagily, proving each others’ defences in their first games. Published in PinoyFootball.com