Singo Edan are targeting a convincing victory over the Vietnamese Cup champions to keep their AFC Cup campaign alive after a good run of formIndonesian Premier League side Arema FC are still hopeful of progressing to the next round of the AFC Cup with a win when they face Vietnamese Cup champions Navibank Saigon in their final group clash on Tuesday.
Arema coach Dejan Antonic said that the team have good belief following their positive performance in the last three matches despite having some worries about the absence of key players.
"We have won three matches in a row in a different competition. Therefore, we believe the our team could win over Navibank," he said.
"We have to win if we want to go to the next round so we will be trying very hard to get a result although our hopes also depend on Kelantan beating Ayeyawady in the other game. But we will miss three of our important players, Marko Krasic, Fariz Bagus Dinata and Gunawan Dwi Cahyo."
On the other hand, Navibank coach Pham Cong Loc was concerned about fatigue following their long trip from Vietnam to Indonesia. Moreover, four important players will miss the game.
“We may have a better chance to go through to the second round but Arema are in a similar position because they also have to win and they are playing at home," he said.
"But the team captain, Vincent Bossou can not play due to suspendion, while three other players missing through injury."
A three-goal victory over Navibank Saigon will send Arema into the next stage as long as Ayeyawady United lose in the other group match against leaders Kelantan FA.