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Hong Kong will target a morale-boosting victory over ThailandReuters

Thailand and Hong Kong will look to find and maintain momentum with a victory in the international friendly on Friday.

Hong Kong have been placed in a difficult 2018 World Cup qualifying group, a group which also has the likes of Qatar and China. They currently lie in second place, ahead of China on goal difference, with Qatar in first place.

A crucial match against Bhutan will come to the fore next week, and before that Hong Kong will want to iron out any chinks in this match against Thailand.

One player, particularly keen to make an impression is Hong Kong striker Chan Siu-ki, who believes the next two matches give him the best opportunity to break his goalscoring drought.

"I have almost forgotten the last time I scored for Hong Kong," Chan told the South China Morning Post. "It has been a long time.

"I want to score, like every striker wants to. This is my duty. But it does not matter if I score or not as long as we take home all three points against Bhutan.

"The mountain nation [of Bhutan] is probably one of the weakest teams in the group and it wouldn't be a surprise if we beat them. But since the match will be played on artificial turf, we need to pay more attention to that."

Hong Kong beat Bhutan in the reverse fixture 7-0, a match that Chan missed. He will not want to miss out on these two matches, however, knowing full well how important it is to regain his confidence in front of goal.

For Thailand as well, this international friendly is an important one. The South East Asian nation are flying high in their World Cup qualifying Group F, having picked up seven points from their first three matches.

A 2-2 draw against Iraq in their last game meant they stay top of their group, and with a crucial fixture coming up, Thailand will look to this Hong Kong match as the perfect buildup.

Where to Watch Live

Thailand vs Hong Kong is scheduled for a 7 pm local time (5.30 pm IST, 1 pm BST) start with no live TV coverage in India.

Viewers in Thailand can watch the friendly live on Thairath TV, while the online live streaming option is on Truevisions.

Audience in Hong Kong can watch their team play Thailand live on TVB Sport.

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