Only able to muster a scoreless draw against Cambodia, the Philippines head to Singapore for their second match of their Southeast Asian leg of friendlies as they face three time AFF Suzuki Cup winners Singapore, Friday night at the Jurong West Stadium.
Always a familiar face, this will be the third time in three years that these two sides will be facing each other.
In their first meeting in the AFF Suzuki Cup, the Philippines snatched a late equalizer courtesy of Chris Greatwich to cancel out Aleksandar Duric's strike in their opening match of the group stages that also paved way to the Philippines advancing to the semifinals of the competition.
Fast forward to last year, a fresh Philippine side came to Singapore with several reinforcements in Jerry Lucena, Dennis Cagara and Paul Mulders but were felled by the Lions 2-0 with goals coming from Shaiful Esah and Duric in a rain drenched match at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
This time around, the Lions' talismanic striker, Duric, will be unavailable for the match after sustaining an injury, however the squad is a much different side as majority of the callups came from their youth team and Malaysian Super League club Lions XII.
Returning once again to Singapore to face a familiar foe, the Philippines will see the return of Stephan Schrock who last received his international cap last June 1, 2012 against Malaysia.
For Loyola Meralco Sparks players Phil & James Younghusband, midfielder Anto Gonzales and goalkeeper Ref Cuaresma, this will be their third time to play in Singapore as their club have been participating in the RHB Singapore Cup and are in the semifinals of the competition and will face Tampines Rovers where Duric is plying his trade.