AFC Cup West: Who needs what

Group A

Just in case

Remaining fixtures:
Al Wehdat v Al Nahda (Tuesday, May 12)
Al Wahda v Salam Zgharta (Tuesday, May 12)

It's all to play for in Group A with Al-Wehdat, Al-Nahda and Al-Wahda all in with a shot of qualifying for the knockout stage. 

Al-Wehdat currently top the group by two points, meaning that a win over Al-Nahda will ensure that they qualify as group winners. The team from Jordan beat Al-Nahda 3-0 when the sides met in Oman earlier in the competition, and so will be confident of completing the job on home soil. 

However, Al-Nahda will not be lacking motivation, as three points could be enough for them to qualify if they beat their hosts by more than three goals or if Al Wahda lost to Salam Zgharta.

Victory for Al-Wahda over the already-eliminated Salam Zgharta will see them progress to the last 16.

Group B

Just in case

Remaining fixtures:
Al-Shorta v Al-Jazeera (Tuesday, May 12)
Taraji Wadi Al-Nes v Al-Hidd (Tuesday, May 12)

It's interesting times in Group B. Al-Jazeera have already qualified for the round of 16, and all three remaining clubs are still in the running to join them in the knockout phase. Al-Shorta currently sit in second place with six points, one clear of Taraji Wadi Al-Nes, with Al-Hidda further point adrift. 

Al-Jazeera will be looking to secure top spot in the group when they travel to Qatar to face Al-Shorta. However, their Iraqi opponents will know that a win will not only see them qualify, but also finish top of the group due to a superior head-to-head record. It's sure to be a cracking encounter.

Only a win will do for Taraji Wadi Al-Nes as they have an inferior head-to-head record against Al-Shorta, so even if they were to draw and finish level with Al-Shorta, it would be the Iraqi outfit who qualify.

Al-Hidd also remain in with a chance of progressing. They need to beat Taraji Wadi Al-Nes and hope that Al-Shorta lose to Al-Jazeera if they are to qualify.

Group C

Just in case

Remaining fixtures:
Qadsia SC v Arbil (Wednesday, May 13)
FC Istiklol v Ahal FC (Wednesday, May 13)

Wednesday's clash between FC Istiklol and Ahal FC promises to be a thrilling encounter, with a win enough for either side enough to secure their spot in the last round. A draw would be sufficient for Istiklol who hold a two-point advantage over their opponents from Turkmenistan.

Qadsia SC are guaranteed a place in the last 16, but a win over Arbil will also ensure that they head into next round as group winners.

Group D

Just in case

Remaining fixtures:
Riffa v Kuwait SC (Wednesday, May 13)
Nejmeh v Al-Jaish (Wednesday, May 13) 

Group D lacks some of the excitement that can be found in other groups, with Al-Jaish and Kuwait SC having already secured their places in the last 16.

Al-Jaish currently hold a one-point advantage over Kuwait SC, and as such a victory over Nejmeh will ensure they finish top. A draw might not be enough as Kuwait SC have a better head-to-head record meaning that if Aziz Hamada's beat Riffa they will finish top.

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