Jeju United face the undefeated Jiangsu FC in their AFC Champions League clash on Tuesday in Nanjing.
Jiangsu’s domination of Group F has seen them already secure a place in the Round of 16, while a win for Jeju would go a long way to securing them the only remaining place.
The South Korean club are tied with Adelaide United on four points, with Gamba Osaka a further point back, meaning any of the three remaining teams can finish second.
Jiangsu have grown from strength to strength in their AFC Champions League campaign, conceding just one goal and securing a 3-0 demolition of Gamba last time out.
The key performers for the Chinese club have undoubtedly been the Brazilian pairing of Ramires and Alex Teixeira, who are responsible for six of the clubs’ seven goals in the competition with three each.
Despite their form, Jiangu have been able to replicate it in the Chinese Super League, where they are stone last on the table, with their last match being a 2-1 defeat at home to Guangzhou R&F. The poor results have put coach Choi Yong-soo in the hot seat, so a win is important for the club.
Meanwhile, Jeju will find solace in the fact that a 90 minute strike from the indomitable Ramires was the only thing that separated the two teams on Matchday 1.
Goals have never been a problem for Jeju, but rather defence, as they have netted eight goals in the four matches so far, but conceded just as many.
Domestically, Jeju are sitting pretty in seventh place in the K Classic League and are coming off a comprehensive 4-2 win over Daegu on Saturday, though it is early days yet in the league.