Top spot in Group A is on the line when Thailand and Singapore clash at the National Stadium on Saturday evening.

Both nations have already successfully navigated their way through to the semifinals which Thailand coach Alexandre Polking described as their ‘minimum target’ but they want to use this match as a launchpad for further success.

“We said that reaching the semifinals is our minimum requirement and it would have been a disaster if we didn’t do that.

“Before the tournament Vietnam was the favourite but now that we are in the semifinals we want to go on to make the final and of course win the cup.”

With that qualification secured and Thailand knowing that a draw would see them top the group, Polking suggested that there could be changes on the cards.

“Of course it’s an important game but we have some players who are on yellow cards and others who we will assess with little aches before deciding on which players will play but for sure we want to be first in the group so the game is important for us.”

For Singapore, only a win will be good enough to see them leapfrog their opponents and top the group with coach Tatsuma Yoshida saying that he won’t alter his approach.

“We can’t think about the next match, only about this one so we don’t need to care about players who might be on yellow cards or other issues.

“We need to stay focused and remain humble and even though we are a step closer to the final we still need to remember that we are only challengers.”