Joint AFC Cup Group G leaders Hanoi FC will aim for maximum points against Felda United in Vietnam on Wednesday evening as they aim to secure enough points to reach the knockout stages.
Hanoi currently lie in second place in the group on eight points, the same number as leaders Ceres Negros of the Philippines, with Tampines third on six points and Felda at the bottom with five.
That means than anybody can theoretically still qualify from the group so everything is still very much to play for.
Hanoi will be without Hoang Vu Samson after their talismanic forward was given his marching orders during the 6-2 reverse against Ceres two weeks ago.
With Samson missing, more of the attacking onus will fall upon the shoulders of the talented attacking duo Do Hung Dung and Nguyen van Quyet, who have three goals each so far.
Felda, meanwhile, will be looking to erase the memory of the disappointing 3-1 home loss to Tampines Rovers last time out.
Defender Shukor Adan is the only casualty for the Malaysian side after he picked up a booking in the defeat to the Singaporean side.
With Felda’s chances of progression as best runner-up depending on several results going in their favour, coach B. Sathianathan will be hoping for an improved performance from his team and in particular Felda’s foreign imports following some poor showings from Argentine forwards Lucas Cano and Gaston Cellerino.
Lebanese centreback Mootaz Jounaidi is also under pressure, with the coach saying last week that all three could be offloaded in the upcoming Malaysian transfer window.
“Time is running out for the trio to prove themselves,” he said.
“It’s the foreign players who make the biggest impact. I have told the three players to buck up,” he added.