The AFC Champions League has reached the knockout stages with 3 of the 4 K League sides still involved. Jeonbuk Hyundai travel to Thai Premier League side Buriram United. Whilst Ulsan Hyundai host fellow K League 1 side Suwon Bluewings in an all Korea clash. Here are details on the round of 16 1st legs of the ACL2018;

Reminder that this season I’m taking a long streamlined approach to the ACL due to other commitments and therefore focuses just on Predictions, and only for games including K League sides. However I’ll take and like previews for other sites when possible.

AFC Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg – Fixtures & Predictions

Buriram United 1 – 2 Jeonbuk Hyundai
Tuesday May 8th 2018

I see Jeonbuk coming away with the victory and giving Buriram a huge task heading into the 2nd leg. Buriram are currently top of the Thai Premier League, but their recent record being 2 wins and 2 defeats. Jeonbuk Hyundai are also top of the league and have only lost once all season in the league and once in the ACL. These sides played each other 6 years ago with Jeonbuk winning both games.

Ulsan Hyundai 1 – 1 Suwon Bluewings
Wednesday May 9th 2018

I see this ending in a draw, with maybe Suwon taking home the away goal advantage. Ulsan Hyundai have been a little hit and miss in the ACL as well as the K League 1. Recently they have 4 draws and 2 wins from their last 6 games, whilst Suwon on the other hand have lost 2 and draw 1 of their last 3. Prior to that however they won 3 on the bounce. This sides played each other a few weeks ago and it finished 0-0.


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