Odds are stacked against the Lions
In terms of sheer size, this should be a mismatch of gargantuan proportions.
The Dragons have a population of 1.3 billion people to choose from while Bernd Strange can only pick from 5 million or so.
Really,the result of China vs Singapore should never be in doubt.
China also come of the back of an unbeaten EAFF Cup Campaign, beating Australia and holding South Korea and Japan to impressive draws.
Meanwhile Bernd Strange’s side fell to Oman in their first competitive game under the German.
The Lions will be weakened with the absence of key players such as striker Adam Swandi, Ismail Yunos and Captain Shahril Ishak.
Even with Stranges proven track record, it would be a brave man to hope for a Singaporean victory in Tianjin.
You can watch highlights of Singpore’s previous encounter with China, a 2-1 loss in the 2014 World Cup Qualifying Campaign below.