Johor Darul Ta’zim head into their final AFC Cup Group F match against bottom club Magwe needing all three points to secure qualification.
Currently lying in second place on 10 points behind Philippine club Global FC (12 points), the Southern Tigers can still finish top of the group should Global lose or draw at home against Beoungket Angkor.
Even if Global win, JDT will still qualify as the best placed runner up as long as they win.
Benjamin Mora’s side have overcome a sluggish start to the domestic season and now sit top of the table after stringing together seven wins in a row in the Malaysian Super League.
2017 AFC CUP | JDT VS MAGWE FC
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The big question is whether Mora will spring any more selection surprises as he has done in several of JDT’s AFC Cup group games, leaving out big names such as skipper Safiq Rahim and JDT’s foreign contingent.
After eight games in April, Mora said recently that intends to keep up with his rotation policy.
“Yes, absolutely [to rotating the squad]. We have 29 players who’re willing to fight for JDT. My players have a lot of matches and they are tired of course. They need rest and recovery,” said Mora.
Whichever team Mora picks, Johor will definitely be without midfielder Amirulhadi Zainal who is suspended for the clash.
Opponents Magwe have nothing but pride to play for following a disappointing campaign that has seen them pick up just two points, although one of those was in the home tie against JDT.
Htoo Htoo Aung and Muang Muang Soe are suspended for Magwe, for whom Guinea striker Sekou Sylla provides the main threat.
It was Sylla who scored the equaliser for Magwe when the two sides met earlier in the campaign.