Preview: Jeonbuk vs Binh Duong

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Becamex Binh Duong will be looking for a change of fortunes when they meet in an AFC Champions League clash Group E clash on Tuesday. 

The two sides head into the match on the back of defeats in the last round of continental fixtures, with Jeonbuk having suffered a 3-2 defeat to Jiangsu Suning, while Binh Duong were beaten 3-1 by FC Tokyo.

This leaves in Jeonbuk in second place on the Group E standings with three points, while Binh Duong are at the foot of the points table with one point.

The K-League outfit have enjoyed some success on the domestic front though, having won their league match against FC Seoul 1-0 on Saturday, and they currently sit in fourth place on the league standings.

Jeonbuk coach Choi Kang-hee has stressed the importance of his side return to their winning ways and making the most of home-ground advantage.

“As much as the last game against Jiangsu was a frustrating game for us, we have to play well and get a good result,” Choi told the official AFC website. “It doesn’t matter who we play at home, we can beat any team.

“Our target is to progress to the next round by winning the group and we are looking to score goals. This is the third game out of six and we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Choi added that Jeonbuk will make changes to their squad for the match against Binh Duong, but stopped short of saying what those changes would be.

“There will be some changes. Playing Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday is a physical burden for the players and can take its toll,” he said.

Binh Duong meanwhile suffered a 2-1 loss to Song Lam Nghe An on Thursday and are in 11th place on the V.League 1 standings. They have now lost their last four games in all competitions, but despite this coach Nguyen Thanh Son believes they have a chance of getting their campaign back on track even though Jeonbuk have the upper hand heading into the fixture, having edged recent head-to-head battles.

“We know Jeonbuk well,” Son said. “It is good to be back here and we are very satisfied with the facilities that Jeonbuk have made available to us.

“While we lost 3-0 here last year, we drew 1-1 at home and we have been watching Jeonbuk’s games so far this season.”

Becamex will need to pay special attention to Jeonbuk striker Lee Dong Gook who has scored twice for the K-League side.

“Lee Dong-gook and Kim Shin-wook are Jeonbuk’s key players I think, and we will have to watch them very closely,” Son said. “We will do our best to show how much we have improved.”

Jeonbuk meanwhile will have to keep their eyes on Bing Duong captain Nguyen Anh Duc who has scored all two of his side’s goals in the AFC Champions League.

The match gets underway at 17:50pm HKT at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium live on FOX Sports 2.

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