Kim: We know what to expect from China

Hong Kong head coach Kim Pan-gon has said that his side are ready for China to throw everything at them in their 2018 World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

The two teams face off in Hong Kong in a grudge match where there are bragging rights and a vital three points on the line. Hong Kong currently sit in second place in the Group C standings, two points behind table-topping Qatar, with China a further three points back. However, China have played one game fewer than Hong Kong.

The two teams played out a goalless draw in Shenzhen in early September, but China are heavy favourites heading into the encounter. However, Kim and his men will not be deterred by this.

"We feel excited and are ready for the match as our target is to get three points," Kim told the South China Morning Post. "We know China well – their playing patterns, the tactics they have and the characteristics of each player.

"We have our game plan and know how to beat them, even if this is a big challenge for us."

The game will be played at the smaller Mong Kok Stadium, and Kim believes that Hong Kong's familiarity with the venue – where local supporters are expected to outnumber their mainland counterparts by 5,500 to 500 – will be to their advantage.

"We play at the same venue every single week and are very familiar with the ground," said Kim. "With the support of fans and all citizens of Hong Kong who will cheer for us, we are very united and will try to show to the people we will fight for them."

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