Myanmar’s Magwe FC will be going for bust when they face Beoungket Angkor of Cambodia on Wednesday in their AFC Cup Group F clash in Yangon.
Magwe have picked up just one point from their three fixtures in the group so far and know that a win is required if they are to stand any chance of finishing in the top two and qualifying for the knockout stages.
Goalscoring has been their biggest problem, with just one goal – a last minute equaliser in their home leg against 2015 AFC Cup winners JDT – to show for their efforts, so the pressure will be on the home side’s strikers Aung Soe Moe and Sylla Sekou to find their scoring touch against the Cambodians in order to fire Magwe up the table.
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Beoungket will also be eager to claim the three points as their final games are against the two strongest teams in the group – JDT and Global of the Philippines.
The Cambodians claimed the points when the two met last month, but coach John McGlynn is not expecting an easy ride.
“Magwe obviously have some strengths and weaknesses and we look at all of them. We are looking forward to the game and are expecting a good result,” he said.
“Magwe’s fast striker is their key man but we defended pretty well last time so we’ll be expecting to do that again.”
Players to watch:
Khoun Laboravy – The tall striker is a regular scorer for club and national teams and his height can make a difference from set pieces. He is also tricky with the ball at his feet and links play well meaning he will need to be closely marked by the Magwe back line.
Sylla Sekou – The Guinean striker is a tricky character and was unlucky on several occasions against JDT as he ran their defence ragged in the second half. With good close control and dribbling skills, the Beoungket defence will need to keep close tabs on his darting runs.
What to expect:
With both teams desperate to claim the three points so we can expect to see plenty of attacking play. The onus will be on Magwe as the home side, so if they go all out attack it should prove an entertaining end-to-end match with plenty of penalty box action and hopeful its fair share of goals.