Preview - Group G: United City FC (PHI) v Melbourne City FC (AUS)
Pathum Thani: Their AFC Champions League™ 2022 knockout stage hopes are at the mercy of results elsewhere, but Melbourne City FC head coach Patrick Kisnorbo urged his players to focus on the things they can control in Saturday’s Matchday Six clash against United City FC.
The path to the Round of 16 remains complicated for the tournament debutants, with results from Pathum Thani and beyond potentially having an impact on their chances.
Currently second in Group G, Melbourne City will be hoping that Jeonnam Dragons can use Saturday’s early match to defeat, or even draw with group leaders BG Pathum United, which would then give the Australian club the opportunity to top the section with a positive result of their own.
Preview - Group G: BG Pathum United (THA) v Jeonnam Dragons (KOR)
Pathum Thani: BG Pathum United head coach Makoto Teguramori has told his players to take control of their AFC Champions League™ 2022 destiny by defeating Jeonnam Dragons in their final Group G fixture on Saturday.
The group hosts have the opportunity to secure top spot in the section and advance to the knockout stage for the second successive season, with a further three points to take them out of sight of second-placed Melbourne City, who currently sit two points behind.
Should BG Pathum fail to win, their situation becomes far trickier, potentially opening the door for the A-League champions to claim top spot, a scenario which would leave Makoto Teguramori’s side relying on other results on Saturday and Sunday to determine their ranking amongst the second-placed teams in other groups.
Preview - Group F: Shandong Taishan FC (CHN) v Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN)
Buriram: Head coach Yu Yuanwei wants his young Shandong Taishan FC to leave everything on the field when they close out their AFC Champions League™ 2022 Group F campaign against Urawa Red Diamonds on Saturday.
Shandong suffered a 5-0 defeat to the two-time champions on Matchday Two, but the Chinese Super League club have shown much progress since and Yu expects nothing but the best from his players in the rematch at the Buriram City Stadium.
Preview - Group F: Lion City Sailors FC (SGP) v Daegu FC (KOR)
Buriram: It will be an all-or-nothing AFC Champions League™ Group F match when Lion City Sailors FC and Daegu FC clash on Saturday as both teams vie for a spot in the Round of 16.
A win for Daegu will secure their spot as group winners, while the Sailors - who have no chance of finishing top of the group - will need all three points and rely on the outcome of the other groups to stay in contention to advance as one of the three best runners-up teams.
Preview - Group I: Johor Darul Ta’zim (MAS) v Ulsan Hyundai FC (KOR)
Johor Bahru: Midfield maestro Natxo Insa has promised that his Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) teammates will deliver the performance of their careers as they head into Saturday’s winner-takes-all AFC Champions League™ 2022 Group I battle against Ulsan Hyundai at the Sultan Ibrahim Stadium.
The reigning Malaysian Super League champions are top in the standings, tied on 10 points with Saturday’s Korea Republic opponents, but despite their tenacious run in the AFC Champions League 2022, nothing less than three points will guarantee a historic spot in the Round of 16.
Preview - Group I: Kawasaki Frontale (JPN) v Guangzhou FC (CHN)
Johor Bahru: Kawasaki Frontale head coach Toru Oniki has urged his side to turn desolation into redemption when they prepare to face Guangzhou FC in their final AFC Champions League™ 2022 Group I encounter at the Tan Sri Dato' Hj Hassan Yunos Stadium on Saturday.
The reigning J1 League champions were frontrunners for what appeared to be a faultless campaign, but Wednesday’s defeat to Ulsan Hyundai FC demoted them from first to third place on eight points.
And while victory could revive their hopes, the Japanese side will still need to rely on favourable results elsewhere with a deadlock between Ulsan and Johor Darul Ta’zim the only certain path to clinch automatic qualification from the Group Stage.