Singapore coach Fandi Ahmad hailed AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 opening opponents Indonesia as "special" ahead of Friday's Group B's clash at National Stadium in Kallang.

The Garuda reached the final two years ago, while the Singaporeans crashed out of the group stage without a win, and Fandi is under no illusions that this year's campaign is likely to be as tough a challenge.

"Indonesia is special, even compared to the previous years I've seen of them," he said. "They are very dangerous on the break and have some very fast players. Their striker, Beto, is also a very strong attacking player.

"But we have been studying their previous matches and we are prepared for them. They are very strong, yes, and have been doing very well, but the important thing is we concentrate on our game, and that's our strength.

"We are looking forward to the match. We had a good training trip in Osaka where, although the results weren't good, the team-bonding was very positive.

"I hope that lots of fans will come to support us tomorrow."

For his part, Indonesia coach Bima Sakti is determined that his side will kick off their AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 campaign in winning fashion.

"We will try to play like we're at home: attack, play well and put our opponents under pressure," said the former Indonesia midfielder. 

"It's true we have good wingers, small but fast, but all the players are important for us in the match.

"We will try to attack a lot because we want to win.

"We should be focused because the Singaporean team is strong and has improved in recent times. The have good defenders and strikers and are good in the transition. We should prepare for a tough game."