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April 30, 2013 4:30 PM IST
Yuba Bharati Krirangan (Salt Lake Stadium) — Kalkātā (Kolkata), West Bengal
Referee:‬ Fahad Al Mirdasi‎
Attendance:‬ 2500‎
8′ (PG) Edeh Chidi
53′ Penn Orji
59′ Penn Orji

East Bengal - Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC Preview: Trevor Morgan's side will look to maintain unbeaten record

The Red and Gold have already qualified for the pre-quarterfinals of the AFC Cup, although the Indian club would like to do so without a defeat in the group stage...

By Anselm Noronha

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Muhammad Izzat Akmal

Naoba, Okpara, Gurwinder, Dey;
Sanju, Ralte, Cavin;
Chidi, Barisic

Tan Truong;
Giang, Pham Tua, Dinh Luat, Phuong Nam;
Tai Em, Duc Linh, Pham Quang, Phan Do;
Amougou, Ameka

With a win more than their opponents, East Bengal currently top Group H with 11 points from five matches. Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC (8), on the other hand, are three points ahead of Selangor FA and need at least a point to make it through from the group stage.

The home team will be missing the services of striker Manandeep Singh and skipper Mehtab Hussain, who are suspended for the match, with midfielder Sanju Pradhan set to wear the captain's armband. Harmanjot Khabra is out of action for another eight weeks.

Should East Bengal manage to come out of the game unscathed, they will have the honour of being the first Indian club to go unbeaten in the group stages of the continental competition.

Meanwhile, Tran Tien Dai will also be forced ro shuffle his side against East Bengal as the Vietnamese Cup winners have to deal with the suspension of striker Nguyen Rogerio and injuries to several of their regulars such as goalkeeper Bui Tran Troung and striker Moses Oloya.

The previous encounter between the two teams at Ho Chi Minh City last month ended in a goalless draw. So did the last two respective matches of East Bengal and Sai Gon, who have two draws each, while a win for the latter will see them pip their hosts to pole position and claim home advantage in the round of 16.

  • If East Bengal do not lose on Tuesday, they will become the first Indian club to qualify for the knock-out phase of the AFC remaining unbeaten in the group stage.
  • After being founded in the year 2010, this is Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC's maiden appearance in the AFC Cup.
  • East Bengal became the first Indian club to compete in the Asian level when they took part in the Asian Cup Winners' Cup in 1997.
  • Scoring a goal in the second half has led to each of Sai Gon Xuan Thanh FC's wins in the current AFC Cup competition.

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