Preview - Group G: Urawa Red Diamonds (JPN) v Beijing FC (CHN)
Saitama: Qualification for the 2019 AFC Champions League knockout rounds is on the line when Urawa Red Diamonds host Beijing FC at Saitama Stadium on Tuesday.
With the sides currently locked on seven points apiece in Group G, Urawa sit just above Beijing by virtue of goal difference and would advance with a win or a goalless draw, after the first meeting between the pair ended 0-0 on Matchday Two.
But, in a group that looks likely to be decided by fine margins, the visitors would seal the second qualification berth – behind group winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors – should they manage a score draw or better in Japan.
Preview - Group G: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors FC (KOR) v Buriram United (THA)
Jeonju: Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Buriram United will round off their 2019 AFC Champions League Group G campaigns when they meet at Jeonju World Cup Stadium on Tuesday.
Two-time champions Jeonbuk have already confirmed their place in the last 16 as group winners while Buriram’s chances of reaching the knockout rounds were ended following a 2-1 defeat to Urawa Red Diamonds two weeks ago.
But hosts Jeonbuk, who beat Beijing FC 1-0 a fortnight ago to seal their progression and have won four of their five games, will be looking for revenge after suffering a 1-0 defeat in Buriram on Matchday Two.
Muscat leaves Melbourne Victory after 14 years at club
Melbourne: Kevin Muscat resigned as Melbourne Victory head coach by mutual agreement on Monday, ending his 14-year association with the A-League powerhouse.
His departure follows a 6-1 defeat by Sydney FC in the A-League semi-finals this month, with his last game in charge to be the final 2019 AFC Champions League Group F clash against Sanfrecce Hiroshima on Wednesday. Victory are bottom of the group and already eliminated.
The former Socceroo, who had stints at Wolves, Crystal Palace and Rangers during a long playing career, said he would take a break and then look for a new challenge.
Preview - Group C: Al Duhail SC (QAT) v Al Hilal SFC (KSA)
Doha: With both sides already through to the next round, Al Duhail welcome Al Hilal to Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium for a heavyweight clash at the top of Group C of the 2019 AFC Champions League on Monday.
The two teams go into the final game of the group stage (also the last of their respective seasons), following contrasting results on the domestic front.
Al Duhail made up for the disappointment of conceding the Qatar Stars League title to rivals Al Sadd by defeating the latter 4-1 in the final to lift the Amir Cup trophy last week.
Al Hilal had a blank season, finishing runners-up to Al Nassr in the Saudi Pro League and being eliminated in the semi-finals of the King’s Cup by eventual winners Al Tawoun.
Preview - Group D: Al Ahli Saudi FC (KSA) v Pakhtakor (UZB)
Jeddah: In the West Zone, only one place in the 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 is yet to be decided. It will be directly contested between Al Ahli and Pakhtakor at King Abdullah Sport City on Monday.
With Al Sadd having already booked their ticket to the knock-out stage from Group D, Pakhtakor travel to Jeddah for what is essentially a cup tie against 2012 runners-up Al Ahli.
The Uzbek side sit second in the standings on eight points. A 1-0 victory over Persepolis in the previous matchday eliminated the Iranians from the competition, leaving Pakhtakor in need of one point in Saudi Arabia.