Preview MD3 - Group H: Sydney FC (AUS) vs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR)
Sydney: Sydney FC and Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors are aiming to pick up their first points of the 2020 AFC Champions League when the pair clash at Jubilee Stadium on Wednesday.
The teams have played one game apiece, with Jeonbuk losing 2-1 to Yokohama F. Marinos on Matchday One and Sydney suffering a 4-0 defeat against the same opponents two weeks ago.
With the meeting the only game to take place in Group H this week, victory for either side would see them move to within three points of table-toppers Yokohama.
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The hosts go into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat against city rivals Western Sydney Wanderers last Friday in what was only their second A-League loss of the season; however, they remain 10 points clear at the top of the standings.
Sydney are also aiming to bring an end to their poor home form on the Continent as the Australian side are on an eight-match winless run in front of their support and exited in 2018 and 2019 without a victory in their own stadium.
Their last home win was against Korean opposition in the form of Pohang Steelers in the 2016 group stage, and Steve Corica’s team will hope for a similar outcome against the two-time champions.
Jose Morais’ Jeonbuk, meanwhile, will be desperate to bounce back from their opening-day disappointment against Yokohama, but will be without suspended duo Lee Yong and Son Jun-ho after the pair were sent off on Matchday One.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Sydney and Jeonbuk, but the latter go into the game having never been beaten by Australian opposition.
The last time the K League club played an AFC Champions League game in Australia was back in the 2016 Round of 16 when they drew 1-1 against Melbourne Victory before defeating the A-league side on home turf and ultimately winning the competition.
"He’s an out and out poacher and has the ability to finish from anywhere, he’s a very dangerous player."— #ACL2020 (@TheAFCCL) March 2, 2020
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Wednesday's fixture will also see Sydney captain Alex Wilkinson go up against his former side after the defender spent four seasons with Jeonbuk, winning two K League 1 titles, between 2012 and 2015.
Sydney FC (AUS) vs Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors (KOR)
Venue: Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: March 4, 19:30 UTC+11
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