The second matchday of the AFC Champions League 2019 is upon us as Thai League champions Buriram United take on Jeonbuk Hyundai at home in a Group G encounter.
The home team lost their first game of the tournament and would look to gain three points at home against K League outfit Jeonbuk. The visitors, meanwhile, won their first match of the tournament and will be looking to to continue their run.
As we get closer to the match, here are the five key facts surrounding it…
1) Buriram’s record against Jeonbuk not that great
While Buriram would love to get to winning ways against Jeonbuk Hyundai, their record against the South Koreans in the AFC Champions League isn’t all that great. The Thai club have played four times against Jeonbuk and have won only once.
The other three games, they lost and not only that, they conceded at least two goals in all of these four matches.
2) Jeonbuk’s punching bags
Highlights – Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors vs Beijing Guoan
When the scope of the proceedings are confined within the group stages only, Jeonbuk’s record is even better. The visitors for the match have played two games in the group stages of the AFC Champions League against Buriram.
And they won both of them, doing so in the 2012 season, including a 2-0 win in Thailand.
3) More Buriram woes
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Things aren’t entirely going well for Buriram in the domestic scene either. They are sixth in the Thai League table right now with just one win from three games. Their start to the AFC Champions League hasn’t been great either.
In fact, in terms of shots fired, they were the worst team on matchday one. They made only three shots in the opening round – which is the fewest among any other side in the competition.
4) Jeonbuk on song
If it isn’t clear by now, it must be after this point. Jeonbuk are absolute favourites to win this clash. Do you need more proof? Well, we have it for you.
Jeonbuk Hyundai are in sensational form in the AFC Champions League right now. They have won the last six of their seven group stage matches and lost only one – which came against Tianjin Quanjian last year.
5) The elite striker
AFC Champions League: Jeonbuk 2-1 Beijing Guoan (Lee Dong-gook 48′)
The reason why Jeonbuk are such favourites lies in the fact that they have some incredible players and one among them is Lee Dong-gook. In their first game of ACL 2019 against Beijing Guoan, striker Lee was in scintillating form.
The forward registered a goal and an assist against Beijing and did so for the first time since April 2013 in an AFC Champions League game. Vintage stuff from Lee!