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Matchday Three: ASEAN Zone Preview


Kuala Lumpur: A full set of 2020 AFC Cup fixtures will take place in the ASEAN Zone on Tuesday and Wednesday as the 12 sides return for Matchday Three action.

Groups F and H are up first when they take to the field on Tuesday, while Group G will follow suit on Wednesday as the group stage of the Continental competition approaches its midway point in Southeast Asia.

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Group F

Having picked up four points from two away games, table-toppers Ho Chi Minh City FC will look to build on their strong start when they travel to Laos to take on bottom side Lao Toyota on Tuesday.

Nguyen Cong Phuong and Amido Balde were both on the scoresheet as the Vietnamese side secured a 3-2 victory over Singapore's Hougang United two weeks ago and a second successive win on the road would see them looking strong ahead of three home games.

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Lao Toyota, meanwhile, are still in search of their first points after a 3-2 defeat against Myanmar's Yangon United on Matchday Two came on the back of a 3-1 loss to Hougang in their tournament opener.

Also on four points, Yangon will look to keep pace with the table-toppers when they host third-placed Hougang, who currently sit a point back in what looks set to be a three-way race for qualification.

Yangon United (MYA) vs Hougang United (SIN)
Venue: Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon
Kick-off: March 10, 15:30 UTC+6:30

Lao Toyota (LAO) vs Ho Chi Minh City FC (VIE)
Venue: National Stadium, Vientiane
Kick-off: March 10, 18:30 UTC+7


Group H

Also on Tuesday, PSM Makassar will aim to leapfrog Group H leaders Kaya FC-Iloilo of the Philippines when the pair clash for the third time in under a year after the Indonesian side picked up four points from two games in the 2019 edition.

After suffering a 2-1 defeat to Singapore's Tampines Rovers on Matchday One, PSM responded well to beat Myanmar's Shan United 3-1 two weeks ago, while Kaya followed up a 2-0 win over Shan with a scoreless draw against Tampines.

The group's other game sees second-placed Tampines host bottom side Shan and a win for the Singaporean side would see them open up a seven-point gap between them and their opponents.

A win and a draw to date stand Tampines in good stead ahead of the double-header with Shan who, appearing in the competition for the second successive season, are still in search of their first-ever AFC Cup point.

PSM Makassar (IDN) vs Kaya FC-Iloilo (PHI)
Venue: Madya Stadium, Jakarta
Kick-off: March 10, 15:30 UTC+7

Tampines Rovers (SIN) vs Shan United (MYA)
Venue: Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore
Kick-off: March 10, 19:45 UTC+8


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Group G

On Wednesday, Group G leaders Ceres Negros of the Philippines and third-placed Bali United from Indonesia will hope to return to winning ways when they face off in Manila.

The 2018 ASEAN Zonal champions Ceres let a 2-1 lead slip to draw 2-2 against Vietnam's Than Quang Ninh on Matchday Two, while Bali suffered a shock 2-1 loss against Cambodia's Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng FC.

Finally, Svay Rieng will look to make it back-to-back victories in Phnom Penh when they take on Than Quang Ninh on the back of recording one of the most memorable results in their history.

While Than Quang Ninh sit bottom of the standings, meanwhile, a win in the Cambodian capital would see them move right back into qualification contention and, with this set to be their third successive away game, they can look forward to three home games in Vietnam thereafter.

Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng (CAM) vs Than Quang Ninh (VIE)
Venue: Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium, Phnom Penh
Kick-off: March 11, 18:00 UTC+8

Ceres Negros (PHI) vs Bali United (IDN)
Venue: Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Manila
Kick-off: March 11, 19:30 UTC+7

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