Preview: South China vs Mohun Bagan

South China will be aiming to get their AFC Cup campaign back on track when they take on Mohun Bagan at Mong Kok Stadium on Wednesday. 

South China, who reached the AFC Cup quarter-finals last year, began their continental journey with a 2-1 loss to Yangon United, while Mohun Bagan cruised past Maziya Sports and Recreation 5-2.

The Hong Kong-based club will be looking to Australian striker Ryan Griffiths to fire again as he scored the only goal in their loss to Yangon.

South China will head into the match on the back of a disappointing loss to Pegasus 2-0 in a Hong Kong Premier League match last Monday. Despite this, South China still sit in third place on the league standings.

South China coach Casemiro Miro is confident that his side will come out on top against Mohun Bagan as they have done a lot of preparation.

“Our preparation has been good for the last few days, everybody has been focused for this very important match and we hope we can get a positive result,” Mior told the official AFC website.

Mohun Bagan departed for Hong Kong on Sunday, which gives them a good amount of time to get accustomed to the fluctuating weather conditions, which has seen bright sunshine on one day and heavy rain the next.

The I-League club will be relying on forwards Jeje Lalpekhlua and Cornell Glen who scored two goals apiece in their side’s win over Maziya.

Mohun Bagan were held to a 1-1 draw with Sporting Goa in their I-League match last Tuesday, but they have been in good form of late and still top the league standings with 22 points.

While Mohun Bagan will be looking to build on their victory over Maziya, coach Sanjoy Sen admitted that beating South China on home soil will be no easy feat.

“South China played well in their first game but were unfortunate to lose,” he said. “We want maximum points from our first two games but we know it will be a challenge. We have a few niggles but everybody is ready to play.”