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AFC Champions League

  • 23 April 2013
  • • 20:30
  • • Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon
  • Referee: Marai Al Awaji
  • • Attendance: 3120

ACL preview: Suwon Bluewings v Central Coast Mariners

Both sides need points and fast if they are to keep their dreams of reaching the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League alive Indonesia   By GOAL AUSTRALIA


Choi, Kwak, Bosnar, Hong
Oh, Jong-Jin Park, Seo, Hong Chul
Jong Tae-Se, Ristic


Bojic, Sainsbury, Anderson, Rose
Montgomery, Bozanic, McGlinchey
Ibini, Duke, Sterjovski

It is crunch time for both Suwon and the Central Coast, who are desperate for maximum points to improve their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League.

It is not ideal then for the Central Coast that they go into this match just two days after their emotional grand final win over Western Sydney Wanderers.

It is likely to be a very different looking Mariners side that takes the field on Tuesday, with a number of the side's veteran stars unlikely to be able to back up.

Captain John Hutchinson is suspended, with his spot in the side likely to be taken by Englishman Nick Montgomery.

Graham Arnold's side are third in Group H, one point ahead of Suwon and need at least a point to keep their qualifying hopes alive.

It is hard to know just how much sleep and preparation time the Mariners will be able to put into this game after their memorable championship win over Western Sydney on Sunday.

The Mariners will get just one light training session in before the match and, with barely 50 hours between full-time in the grand final and kick-off in Korea, it is sure to have some affect on their performance.

Further hampering their cause is the absence of captain John Hutchinson and defender Brent Griffiths out suspended.

It will not be easy against a side in decent form on the domestic front, with the Bluewings second on the K-League table.

They head into this clash coming off a resounding 4-1 win over Daejeong thanks in large part to a hat-trick from striker Tae-Se Jong.

The Mariners defence will have to keep close tabs on him if they are to take anything from the match.

Suwon have lost just once in the ACL this season – one less than the Mariners – but still find themselves on the bottom of the group.

Much of that reason is because of their inability to turn draws into victories.

Suwon has played some enterprising football in their four matches to date but have not capitalised on their opportunities and it has meant they have just three draws from four matches.

That will obviously need to change if they are to keep their hopes of progression alive, and they must do so without captain Kim Do-Heon and Cho Dong-Geon due to injury and Oh Jang-Eun through suspension.

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