Thai League champions Buriram United travel to China to face Beijing Guoan in Group G of the AFC Champions League 2019 at the Workers’ Stadium in Beijing on Wednesday.
The ACL 2019 is entering the second half of its group stage campaign and Buriram are stuck at the bottom of their group with only three points from as many matches. And win against Beijing, however, will give them a much-needed boost as they enter the business end of the proceedings.
So, we take a look at the 5 key facts around the Group G encounter…
1) Thai champions’ Chinese jinx!
The Thai League club have failed to win in any of their last five games against Chinese Super League opposition in the AFC Champions League. With three draws and two defeats, this is Buriram’s worst-ever run against Chinese clubs.
Before the start of this run, Buriram had won four and lost just once in the five games against teams from China.
2) Beijing’s perfectly even start to ACL 2019
After three games in the ACL 2019, Beijing Guoan have won, drawn and lost one match apiece! They have also scored and conceded exactly four goals in the competition so far!
Talk of pleasing to the eye!
3) ‘Hit and miss’ Bakambu?
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However, the Congolese forward has also missed the most number of big chances in the AFC Champions League this season — three!
4) Unlucky Buriram!
Buriram might have only scored two goals in the AFC Champions League group stages this season, but they have hit the woodwork four times already!
That is more than any other team in the ACL this season! Will the fortunes turn for Buriram at the Workers’ Stadium on Wednesday?
5) The Thunder Castles’ away record
AFC Champions League 2019: Buriram United 1-3 Beijing Guoan – Suphanat Muenta (80′)
Buriram have not been a club that do well on the travels in the AFC Champions League so far.
They have only ever won three of their 22 away games in the ACL drawing eight and losing 11 of them.
The Thai League giants have lost their two most recent away games without scoring a single goal! Time to change those stats, Buriram?