Preview: Yangon United v Maziya

A place in the AFC Cup last 16 could be up for grabs when Yangon United host Maziya in a crucial Group G clash on Wednesday.

The two teams find themselves at the bottom of the group locked on five points each, but they are just one point behind South China, while leaders Mohun Bagan have already qualified.

However, with South China facing the tough task of travelling to India to face Mohun Bagan, there is still plenty to play for. If the Hong Kong club, who kick-off at the same time on Wednesday, fail to win away, it opens up many permutations for the group.

The bottom line is that both Yangon United and Maziya need to chase a win in order to have the best chance at securing that final spot in the next round.

Yangon United had a bright start to their AFC Cup campaign, earning a 2-1 win at home over South China. Since then, they have struggled, picking up two draws and two losses with the most recent being an away defeat to South China.

The Myanmar outfit will rely heavily on Brazilian striker Marcelo Fernandes, who has scored three goals in the competition so far in his debut season for the club.

On the domestic front, Yangon United have been on a good run of late, winning four out of the their last five games to move them up to fourth place in the Myanmar National League as they attempt to defend their 2015 title.

“Maziya is strong team, then they’ve founded the team with most of the national players,” said coach Marjan Sekulovski on the team’s official website.

“But we try to take an advantage of home team.”

Meanwhile, Maziya have improved somewhat since their 5-2 drubbing they received at the hands of Mogun Bagan in their first game of the competition.

The feather in their hat was the 2-1 victory at home over South China. The Maldives club will take confidence in the fact that they were in pole position to win the last encounter at home against Yangon United, with the visitors only netting an equaliser in the 87th minute via Kyaw Ko Ko.

Domestically, the Dhiraagu Dhivehi League only recently got underway and two wins from two games sees Maziya top the table.