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AFC Champions League

  • 2 May 2012
  • • 20:30
  • • National Olympic Stadium, Tōkyō (Tokyo)
  • Referee: Abdullah Balideh
  • • Attendance: 8492
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ACL preview: FC Tokyo v Brisbane Roar

ACL preview: FC Tokyo v Brisbane Roar

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The Roar have it all to do in Japan, against a strong outfit who are eyeing early qualification to the knockout stages and had their opponents measure on matchday one

FC Tokyo need a win to seal progression to the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League, while opponents Brisbane Roar need a miracle.

Top of Group F with eight points, J.League outfit Tokyo eased past Wednesday's opponents Brisbane 2-0 when the two met at Suncorp Stadium on March 6 in matchday one.

In front of their home fans at National Stadium in the penultimate match of the stage, Tokyo will eye a return to form after winning just one of their past four games in all competitions.

The Roar come into this clash on the back of their sensational come-from-behind win to beat the Perth Glory in the A-League grand final on April 22, sealing back-to-back championships.

With their domestic campaign now over, it will be interesting to see how they handle the last two ACL group fixtures.

Without a win from their opening four games of the competition, the Roar must win in Tokyo to keep their hopes alive heading into the final match.

The Roar will be fresh having not played in more than a week since their grand final triumph.

While they have a fairly clean bill of health among the playing group, the big loss for Brisbane comes in the absence of coach Ange Postecoglou, who quit the club after the grand final to join Melbourne Victory.

Long-serving assistant Rado Vidosic has taken the reins and will be eager for the players to do well in his first match in charge. Tokyo will be close to full strength, with all their big guns coming through Saturday's J.League loss Shimizu S-Pulse unscathed.

Given Vidosic has been a part of the club for so long means there should be little disruption, but every coach has their own ideas and way they want their team to play.

Indeed, just how much motivation and desire Brisbane have after notching back-to-back titles will be interesting, with some players possibly already looking ahead to post-season holidays.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Tokyo

Brisbane Roar

Wins
2
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Tokyo TOK
FC Tokyo Tokyo
Draw
Brisbane Roar FC BRI
Brisbane Roar FC Brisbane Roar
47%
48%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Tokyo TOK
1 - 2
Brisbane Roar FC BRI
FC Tokyo TOK
2 - 1
Brisbane Roar FC BRI
FC Tokyo TOK
1 - 0
Brisbane Roar FC BRI

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