AFC Champions League 2018: Group Stage Matchday Four Preview: East Zone

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We are all set for another week of exciting ACL action in the East Zone as the groups begin to take shape...

Matchday Four of the the AFC Champions League 2018 is all set to start on Tuesday in the East Zone. Here is a look at what awaits us this week: 


GROUP E


Jeonbuk Hyundai v Kashiwa Reysol

Tianjin Quanjian (CHN) v Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR): 

Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian host South Korea's Jeonbuk Hyundai on Wednesday in a Group E clash. Jeonbuk Hyundai, who beat Tianjin 6-3 last week, will confirm their spot in the knockout stages with another win. Given their impressive form so far which has seen them win all three games in the group, few would bet against that happening. 

Venue: Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium, Tianjin
Kick-off: March 14, 20:00 UTC+8

Kitchee SC (HKG) v Kashiwa Reysol (JPN): 

Hong Kong's Kitchee SC are at home to Japan's Kashiwa Reysol on Wednesday. Kitchee SC have suffered three straight losses in the group and are firm underdogs against Kashiwa Reysol. The Japanese outfit have not been convincing so far but a win here can see them stake a claim for the second spot in the group. 

Venue: Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong
Kick-off: March 14, 20:00 UTC+8

 

GROUP F


Shanghai SIPG v Melbourne Victory; AFC Champions League

Ulsan Hyundai (KOR) v Shanghai SIPG (CHN):

South Korea's Ulsan Hyundai take on Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG on Tuesday in an exciting Group F clash. Ulsan managed to hold Shanghai 2-2 in the reverse fixture in China last week and will be buoyed as a result. But the Chinese team has a menacing forward line which will look to fire them clear at the top of the group. 

Venue: Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium, Ulsan
Kick-off: March 13, 19:00 UTC+9

Melbourne Victory (AUS) v Kawasaki Frontale (JPN): 

A-League side Melbourne Victory will be looking to get their first win of the tournament when they play hosts to Kawasaki Frontale of Japan on Tuesday. Victory have two draws to their credit and are third in the group while Kawasaki have just one point. Last week, these two teams split points in a 2-2 draw but either team will be looking for a win and avoid falling further back from the top two. 

Venue: Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne
Kick-off: March 13, 19:30 UTC+11

 

GROUP G


Buriram United vs FC Seoul 2016 AFC Champions League

Jeju United (KOR) v Guangzhou Evergrande (CHN): 

South Korean side Jeju United are at home to Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday. The teams produced an eight-goal thriller last week in China with Guangzhou winning 5-3 in the end. We can expect another goal-filled affair in a group which is very tight currently, with Guangzhou (top of the group) and Jeju (bottom of the group) separated by just two points. 

Venue: Jeju World Cup Stadium, Seogwipo
Kick-off: March 14, 19:00 UTC+9

Cerezo Osaka (JPN ) v Buriram United (THA):

Japan's Cerezo Osaka play hosts to Thailand's Buriram United on Wednesday in the second Group G clash. Last week, Buriram defeated Cerezo 1-0 to get their first win of the campaign and both teams are tied with three points. A win in this fixture is crucial to both teams with the group boiling down to a cracker. 

Venue: Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka
Kick-off: March 14, 19:00 UTC+9

 

GROUP H


Suwon Bluewings v Kashima Antlers; AFC Champions League

Kashima Antlers (JPN) v Sydney FC (AUS):

Group leaders Kashima Antlers are at home to A-League side Sydney FC on Tuesday. The Japanese side went three points clear at the top after defeating Sydney FC away last week and will be looking to further consolidate their position at home. Sydney, who have disappointed so far, are desperate for points. 

Venue: Kashima Soccer Stadium, Kashima
Kick-off: March 13, 19:00 UTC+9

Shanghai Shenhua (CHN) v Suwon Bluewings (KOR):

China's Shanghai Shenhua will play hosts to South Korean outfit Suwon Bluewings on Tuesday. The home team have drawn all three of their games so far, including the meeting between the two sides last week which finished 1-1. Suwon have four points and are placed second on the table, making this an important clash in the race for the top-two spots. 

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Venue: Hongkou Football Stadium, Shanghai
Kick-off: March 13, 20:00 UTC+9

 

 

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