The AFC Champions League / ACL2019 continues this coming week with the second round of group stage fixtures. Both Daegu FC and Jeonbuk Hyundai started the group stages with solid victories. Whilst Gyeongnam and Ulsan both picked up a point.
This season I’ve kept things simple with the key match date information and a prediction for each game per game week. Fingers crossed if I have time I’ll expand into previews etc as the campaigns progress.
2019 AFC Champions League: K League Club Predictions (Week 2)
Match: Johor Darul Ta’zim vs. Gyeongnam FC
Where: Larkin Stadium (Johor Bahru, Malaysia)
When: Tuesday March 12th at 8.45pm (Local Time) / 9.45pm (Korea Time)
Prediction – Johor Darul Ta’zim 1-2 Gyeongnam FC
This will be a tough game for Gyeongnam FC having to travel to Malaysia and with such a late kick off time. However the K League side on paper at least should have the edge over their South-East Asian opponents.
Match: Daegu FC vs.
Where: Daegu Forest Arena
When: Tuesday March 12th at 7.30pm (Korea Time)
Prediction – Daegu FC 1 – 1 Guangzhou Evergrande
I see Daegu springing a slight surprise and taking a point off the Chinese Giants Guangzhou Evergrande. This is a debut home game for Daegu and their second ever at their new stadium, so I see them being focused and ready be a hard game.
Match: Buriram United vs. Jeonbuk Hyundai
Where: Chang Arena, Thailand
When: Wednesday March 13th at 7pm (Local Time) / 8pm (Korea Time)
Prediction – Buriram United 1 – 3 Jeonbuk Hyundai
Jeonbuk Hyundai will be favorites to win this one, despite traveling to Thailand and having played a tough game against Suwon Bluewings on Saturday. I do see Buriram scoring a goal, but in the end the firepower Jeonbuk have will be too much for the South East Asian side.
Match: Ulsan Hyundai vs. Shanghai SIPG
Where: Ulsan Musun Stadium
When: Wednesday March 13th at 7pm (Korea Time)
Prediction – Ulsan Hyundai 1 – 1 Shanghai SIPG
Ulsan struggled a little late week in the Champions League down in Australia. However they are much better whilst playing at home and I see them picking up a win against Shanghai. It will be a close game, which could honestly go either way.
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