THE Philippine men’s football team has been installed by oddsmakers as huge underdogs against Singapore in the second leg of the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup semifinals on Wednesday at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Singaporepools.com, Singapore’s national gaming operator offering lottery and sports betting products, is offering 1.60 for a home-team win, 3.30 for a draw, and 5.00 for the away-team win.
The betting line means that a S$100 bet on the Lions will only yield S$160, while the same bet for a draw creates a S$330 profit. The same bet for the Azkals to win, however, produces a S$500 return.
Singapore is also a -1.5 favorite, meaning a bet on the Lions will yield a profit only if the home team wins by at least two goals. A bet on the Azkals will yield returns if the visitors lose by just a point or win by any margin.
Azkals coach Michael Weiss believes there is a lot of pressure on the Lions to perform and fulfill expectations on home soil, which could actually work in favor of the Philippines.
“It is now on Singapore to be more active on home soil. And it might not be the worst scenario for us,” the German mentor said.
Considered the favorites in the first leg at the Rizal Memorial Stadium last Saturday, the Azkals settled for a scoreless draw against a Lions team they had beaten in friendlies twice over the last three months.