VENUE: National Stadium
Malaysia (166th) widened their lead over neighbours Singapore (171st) to five places after the release of the latest FIFA rankings.
Ong Kim Swee, who was dumped as Malaysia boss in March, can prove a point by winning the SEA Games on home soil with the U22s, writes Jason Dasey.
Singapore will warm up for next month's crucial AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Turkmenistan with a home friendly against Hong Kong on Aug. 31.
Singapore captain Shahril Ishak hopes his first hat trick in seven years will push his chances of retaining a starting spot for the national team.
"We know technically and physically they are a good team, maybe better than us," Malaysia assistant Tan Cheng Hoe said of Jorn Andersen's North Korea.
North Korea boss Jorn Andersen says he's expecting a tough match in 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying on Oct. 5 from Malaysia who 'aren't a bad side'.