Matchday 3 of the AFC Champions League group stage is upon us and all four Meiji Yasuda J.League teams have big games on tap.
Urawa Reds are the tournament’s reigning champions and they face a gigantic match on Wednesday against Pohang Steelers. The K League opponents are top of the group on six points, two clear of Urawa, which puts the pressure on the Reds to take care of business at home. Fortunately, Urawa have been historically excellent at Saitama Stadium 2002 in Asian competitions, giving them confidence of knocking off Pohang and taking over first place in Group J.
In Group H, Ventforet Kofu have a chance to take three massive away points when they play Zhejiang. The Chinese club are bottom of the group and don’t have a goal from open play, giving Ventforet a big opportunity to keep the excellent start to the group stage going as the J2 team aims to keep their Cinderella run going.
Kawasaki Frontale are also taking on the group’s bottom team, as they get set to take on BG Pathum United. Frontale are off to a tremendous start to Group I play, having taken six points from their first two matches thanks to a defense that has yet to concede a goal and if they can win in Thailand then they’ll be sitting pretty for the back half of the group stage.
Finally, Yokohama F·Marinos square off against a Kaya-Iloilo side that has lost both of its games so far by a combined score of 7-1. The Tricolor will be big favorites to beat the Filipino side at home, and full points are crucial with Marinos level on points for second place in Group G.