Thailand vs Singapore

Rajamangala Stadium forms the backdrop for a high-stakes 2026 World Cup qualifying meeting between Thailand and Singapore.

Thailand’s effort to appear at a World Cup finals for the first time in the nation’s history faces a ‘make or break’ task. They must beat Singapore by a multi-goal margin and hope South Korea will beat China in the other Group C fixture to secure a runner-up finish and a berth in the third qualifying stage. However, except for a 3-1 demolition of Singapore in the reverse H2H, the hosts have gone winless in all four remaining 2026 World Cup qualifiers (D2, L2), netting under 1.5 goals on each occasion. While that’s a worrying trend, the War Elephants can draw inspiration from a sterling run against Singapore that has seen them win their last seven H2Hs, including four via multi-goal margins.

Meanwhile, Singapore’s wait for a maiden World Cup appearance will extend for another four years after a wasteful record of four defeats from their five 2026 World Cup qualifiers nailed them to the bottom of Group C (D1). Singapore’s defensive frailties have plagued the visitors’ disastrous qualifying campaign, with Tsutomu Ogura’s team conceding multiple goals in all five qualifiers at an average of 4.2 per game. Another underwhelming scoreline could be on the cards, considering the Lions have lost both World Cup qualifiers on the road by at least a three-goal margin, conceding 4+ goals on each occasion. It’s not less important to note they last scored in an away H2H against Thailand in 2009, drawing a blank in nine consecutive such contests afterward.

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