Malaysia to be ‘Thai-ed’ up by dark horses [MATCH DAY 2 PREVIEW]

Once again, Thailand will feature in the likely match of the day as they face Malaysia.

On paper, there is nothing much between the teams, but Thailand are unlikely to lose – they will either win this 3-1 or draw 2-2.

Tee Ji Ying is not in the same class as either Ratchanok Intanon or Busanan Ongbumrungpan in the women’s singles and this is a sure point for the Thais. The only question will be how many points can Ji Ying win.

The other three, encounters, however, will be much closer.

In the men’s singles, Daren Liew is likely to be fielded as he has a good record against Boonsak Ponsana and Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.

If Daren can recaptured the form he showed when he won the French Open last October, then he will surely clinch a point for Malaysia if he doesn’t then it is another scalp for the evergreen Boonsak’ collection.

World No. 2 Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong will likely deliver Malaysia’s lone point in this tie as they are likely to be too strong for Sudket Prapakamol-Songphon Anugritayawon to make the score 2-1 in favour of Thailand.

This will put pressure on Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying to deliver a draw for Malaysia against either Sudket-Saralee Thoungthongkam or Songphon-Kunchala Voravichitchaikul.

However, they don’t have a good record against either pair.

Likely outcome: Thailand 3 Malaysia 1

Malaysia vs Thailand (Head-to-head)

Men’s singles
Liew Daren vs Boonsak Ponsana (2-0) vs Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (2-2)
Chong Wei Feng vs Boonsak Ponsana (1-2) vs Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (0-0)
Women’s singles
Tee Jing Yi vs Ratchanok Intanon (0-3), vs Busanan Ongbumrungpan (0-1)
Men’s doubles
Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong vs Sudket Prapakamol-Songphon Anugritayawon (2-0)
Mixed doubles
Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying vs Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam (2-3)
Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying vs Songphon Anugritayawon-Kunchala Voravichitchaikul (1-2)

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