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  • 16 May 2012
  • • 22:00
  • • Stadion Majmuasi (SOK Jar), Toshkent (Tashkent)
  • Referee: Abdullah Al Bloushi
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Bunyodkor - Pohang Steelers ACL Preview: Uzbek giants need victory to progress

Bunyodkor - Pohang Steelers ACL Preview: Uzbek giants need victory to progress

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The Uzbek giants know only a victory will be enough for them to progress to the Round of 16 for the fifth consecutive year when they host the 2009 Asian champions

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

BUNYODKOR

Nesterov
Karimov, Gafurov, Filiposyan, Djuraev
Karpenko, Salomov, Turayev, Kozak, Carney
Murzoev

POHANG STEELERS

Shin HY
Kim DH, Kim WI, Kim GS, Shin GH
Shin HM, Hwang JS, Cho CH
Go MY, Asamoah, Roh BJ

Bunyodkor can welcome back central defender Artyom Filiposyan after he was suspended for their goalless draw with Adelaide United on matchday five. Shavkat Salomov is set for a key role after coming off the bench in Australia, alongside influential midfield duo Jan Kozak and Lutfulla Turayev. Kamoliddin Murzoev has impressed up front in this season's ACL and will lead the line.

The Tashkent club are currently top of the table in Uzbekistan, although they played a game more than second-placed Nasaf Qarshi who are level on points with them. Bunyodkor eased past Olmaliq 2-0 on Friday.

Pohang have a major concern ahead of this game, with Romanian attacker Ianis Zicu failing to make the trip to Tashkent, which it is understood was due to fatigue. However the good news is the Steelers can welcome back Kim Won-Il and Shin Hyung-Min from suspension.

Domestically Hwang Sun-Hong's side aren't in the best of form, as they've slipped down to ninth after claiming just four points in their past six games including a goalless home draw with bottom club Daejeon Citizen on Friday.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Bunyodkor have won the past four Uzbek championships, while they've also reached the Round of 16 in Asia every season in the past four years, with 2008's semi-final appearance their best effort.
  • The Uzbek giants made headlines several years ago when they signed Brazilian star Rivaldo, while they've also previously had Zico and Luiz Felipe Scolari as head coaches.

  • Coach Mirjalol Qosimov led the club to their best ever ACL finish in 2008, before taking up the national team job where he failed to guide Uzbekistan to the 2010 World Cup and soon after returned to Bunyodkor.
  • Pohang are three-time Asian champions having won the competition as recently as 2009, along with previous successes in 1997 and 1998.
  • In the previous encounter between these two sides, Pohang went down 2-0 at home to Bunyodkor with Lutfulla Turayev (pictured) and Kamoliddin Murzoev netting the goals.

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Last Five Matches

Bunyodkor

  • D
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L

Pohang Steelers

  • L
  • D
  • L
  • D
  • D
  • Pohang Steelers FC POH
    1 - 2
    Suwon Samsung Bluewings FC SUW
  • FC Seoul SEO
    0 - 0
    Pohang Steelers FC POH
  • Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC JMO
    1 - 0
    Pohang Steelers FC POH
  • Pohang Steelers FC POH
    2 - 2
    Ulsan Hyundai Horang-i ULS
  • Pohang Steelers FC POH
    1 - 1
    Jeju United FC JEJ

Head To Head

Bunyodkor

Pohang Steelers

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FK Bunyodkor BUN
FK Bunyodkor Bunyodkor
Draw
Pohang Steelers FC POH
Pohang Steelers FC Pohang Steelers
47%
24%
29%

Top 3 Predictions

FK Bunyodkor BUN
1 - 1
Pohang Steelers FC POH
FK Bunyodkor BUN
2 - 1
Pohang Steelers FC POH
FK Bunyodkor BUN
3 - 2
Pohang Steelers FC POH

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