Monday, March 5, 2012

Buriram & Chonburi Ready to Embark on AFC Crusades

AFC Champions League - Group H
Buriram United v Kashiwa Reysol
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors v Guangzhou Evergrande

Buriram United welcome Japanese side, Kashiwa Reysol, to the New I-Mobile as the stadium takes it baptism in hosting Asian Champions League football. It's difficult to predict how Buriram will fair against a higher level of opposition, but we do know that Buriram are strong defensively and can grind out wins when they have to. Kashiwa are experiencing Champions league football for the first time. The Sun Kings caused somewhat of a surprise when they won the J-League last season. It was a fine achievement considering they were only promoted from the J2 league in 2010. Last Saturday, Kasiwha added to their trophy collection when they beat Emperor Cup winners, FC Tokyo, 2-1 in the Japanese Super Cup final.
The other two sides that make up the group are K-League winners Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande. In modern day Champions league football, it's a rare occurrence to have four champions of domestic leagues meeting in the group stage.

AFC Cup  - Group G
Yangon United v Chonburi
Home United v Citizen AA

Group G in the AFC Cup is certainly a winnable one for Chonburi. The Sharks will be looking to get off to winning ways when they clash with Yangon United at the Thuwunna Youth Training Center Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Yangon United currently sit 5th in the Myanmar National League and they were recently beaten 2-0 in a friendly by BEC Tero 2-0. The Burmese side might have the advantage in terms of match sharpness, but Chonburi have the stronger squad of players.
Later on Wednesday evening, Home United of Singapore host Citizen AA from Hong Kong in the group's other contest.

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