Preview: Ayeyawady United v Bengaluru

Ayeyawady United will be aiming for their second straight AFC Cup win when they take on Bengaluru for the first time on Wednesday. 

Ayeyawady beat Lao Toyota 4-2 in their most recent AFC Cup fixture last Wednesday, while Bengaluru lost to reigning AFC Cup champions Johor Darul Ta’zim 1-0 on the same day.

The Myanmar-based club beat Zeyar Shwe Myay 1-0 on Saturday in domestic action and currently sit in third place on the Myanmar National League standings.

Ayeyawady coach Kyaw Lwin is hoping his side can maintain their good run of form, but has urged them to learn from the mistakes they made against Lao Toyota.

“Even though we won that match 4-2 there was some miscommunication at times between our goalkeeper and the defence that we’ve taken steps to correct,” he told the official AFC website. “We made several changes at the weekend and we didn’t concede any goals so we are prepared for this match, where we expect our opponents to use a lot of long balls.”

Meanwhile, Bengaluru have not played since their loss to Johor and remain in second place on the I-League standings.

Heading into the match, Bengaluru, who are in last place on the Group H standings with no points, will have to keep their eyes on Ayeyawady striker Christopher Chizoba as he scored a hat-trick in his side’s victory over Lao Toyota.

With Bengaluru still searching for their first win in the tournament, assistant coach Pradyum Reddy has called on his side to put their disappointing start behind them and focus on securing three points against Ayeyawady.

“We’ve not had a good start to the AFC Cup, but we hope we can change this and get a positive result here against a side that contains several talented young players,” he said.

Ayeyawady, who occupy second place with three points, will have to watch out for Bengaluru forward Vineeth as he has scored the I-League club’s only goal in the AFC Cup.

Action at the Youth Training Centre in Yangon kicks off at 17:30pm HKT.