AFC Cup matchday preview

Wednesday's fixtures

Persib Bandung v Kitchee 
Johor Darul Ta'zim v Ayeyawady United 
Al Jaish v Al Jazeera
Al Shorta v Kuwait SC

Persib Bandung v Kitchee

Kitchee's search for a mammoth fourth title of the season continues when they head to Indonesia on Wednesday. The Hong Kong outfit have already bagged the Hong Kong Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup silverware and are aiming to add a continental crown to their domestic haul.

Jose Monlina's side beat Eastern AA on Sunday to claim the FA Cup, with the victory their first in four games following two draws and a defeat in all competitions.

With the Indonesian domestic league currently suspended, Persib Bandung have been short of match practice. However, despite the disruptions at home, Persib have managed to remain unbeaten in the AFC Cup thus far, winning three of their group matches and drawing the other three.

Johor Darul Ta'zim v Ayeyawady United 

The round of 16 is previously unchartered territory for Johor Darul Ta’zim and Ayeyawady United and both clubs will be eager to make sure their historic runs don't come to an end just yet.

Johor Darul Ta'zim, who were unbeaten in the AFC Cup group stages, currently sit second in the Malaysian Premier League standings, and enter the midweek clash having won four of their last five matches in all competitions, including a 3-0 win over Balestier Khalsa last time out.

The prospect of playing Johor at the Tan Sri Dato' Hj Hassan Yunos Stadium is no doubt an intimidating one for Ayeyawady, but they will take heart from the fact that they were unbeaten on their travels during the group stages.

The side from Myanmar boast an top class record at present, having avoided defeat thus far this year, with their last loss coming against Quang Ninh some 15 matches ago.

Al Jaish v Al Jazeera

Group D winners Al Jaish will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record in this season's AFC Cup when they welcome Al Jazeera to the Al Hasan Stadium. 

Al Jaish currently top the Syrian Premier League standings by seven points, having gone undefeated in their opening 16 matches. Incredibly, Al Jaish's record extends even further, with Anas Makhlouf's side last defeated in November, some 25 matches ago.

Al Jazeera face the unenviable task of trying to snap Al Jaish's unbeaten streak, and they are handed a boost with the return from suspension of defender Jehad Al Baour.

The men from Jordan were able to enjoy a weekend off, but while they may head into Wednesday's clash feeling fresh, Issa Al Turk may have preferred to have vanquished the bad memories of their 4-0 hammering at the hands of Al Shorta last time out.

Al Shorta v Kuwait SC

Three-time champions Kuwait SC travel to Doha looking to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat to Al Riffa in their last AFC Cup match. The loss ended a seven-match winning run which had helped Mohammad Ebrahim's team to the league title.

Ebrahim will be without the services of forward Ahmad Hazzam and midfielder Waleed Aly for the match, with the pair ruled out by injury.

Al Shorta welcome back Ali Bahjat for Wednesday's encounter, with the defender returning from suspension.

The Iraqi outfit booked their spot in the last 16 after topping Group B. Thair Jassam Homi's side enter the clash with Kuwait SC on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run.

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