Wednesday evening will cap off a disappointing Champions League campaigns for K League sides FC Seoul and Ulsan Hyundai as they play their final group games, both already knowing they’re out. Ulsan have a trip to Australian side Brisbane Roar in what is glorified friendly game, whilst FC Seoul host J-League side Urawa Reds.
AFC Champions League 2017 Group Tables Update
Thai side Muangthong United top group E with Kashima Antlers 2 points behind them in 2nd. Ulsan Hyundai and Brisbane Roar are in 3rd-4th and both already out of the competition.
Urawa Reds and Shanghai SIPG both have a 9 point lead over FC Seoul and Western Sydney Wanderers. So Seoul and Sydney are playing for pride whilst Urawa and Shanghai are playing to win the group.
AFC Champions League Previews and Predictions (Wednesday April 26th 2017)
Here are our brief previews for Wednesday evenings AFC Champions League games featuring K League sides as well as head-to-head (H2H) records and predictions;
FC Seoul vs. Urawa Reds 7pm
The first game of the evening comes from the Seoul World Cup Stadium as reigning K League Champs FC Seoul host J-League side Urawa Reds. FC Seoul have had a poor year in the champions league, not helped by playing in the “Group of Death”. Mixed season to the K League season also highlights a slight lack of strength in depth squad wise. Urawa Reds smashed Sydney 6-1 a couple of weeks ago and currently sit 2nd in the J-League after losing 2 straight.
Head-to-Head / H2H:
They played each other 4 times before. 1 friendly that ended in a draw, Urawa winning twice including a 5-2 victory in an earlier group game. Finally Seoul have 1 win AET last season in the knockout stages.
0 – 1
Seoul need to focus on the league and could give some squad players a game, this will leave the door open for Urawa to take the win and the group.
Brisbane Roar v Ulsan Hyundai @ 7pm
The second of Wednesdays games comes from the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane as A-League side Brisbane Roar take on Ulsan Hyundai. Brisbane finished their season on Sunday ending up in 3rd place, so this will be a nice post-season friendly for them. Ulsan Hyundai only looked “Champions League ready” when they beat Brisbane a few months ago 6-0, apart from that they’ve looked off the pace. The same also rings true for their K League season so far.
Head-to-Head / H2H:
They’ve played three times prior to this game, one draw and Ulsan winning twice. Including a 6-0 win a few months ago.
1 – 1
These sides are playing for pride, and with possible squad rotation we’re siding with a draw.
AFC Champions League Results & Highlights
FC Seoul 1-0 Urawa Reds
FC Seoul won their final champions league game as both side played weakened sides. Only 4933 turned up to the World Cup Stadium.
Brisbane Roar 2-3 Ulsan Hyundai
Ulsan Hyundai came from behind to beat Brisbane in Australia.
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