FC Tokyo face Perth Glory while Kobe and Yokohama FM aim for second win in a row

FC Tokyo face Perth Glory while Kobe and Yokohama FM aim for second win in a row

Match-day 2 of AFC Champions League group stage will take place on February 18 and 19. 

FC Tokyo will meet Perth Glory (Australia) at home. Since the Japanese side only gained a point from the opening match against Ulsan Hyundai (South Korea), this time they badly need to claim all three at home. Diego Oliveira, who scored a goal against the Korean side, is likely to be a key player in this match as well.

Perth Glory are led by former Sanfrecce Hiroshima player Tony Popovic. They finished last season’s A-League regular season at the top of the table, but failed to win the title as they got defeated by Sydney FC in the final series. In addition to foreign players like Diego Castro and Bruno Fornaroli, Australian international James Meredith is one of their core players. Nicholas D'Agostino is in form and he as well can be a threat. Since the opening match against Shanghai Shenhua (China) was postponed, this will be the first ACL match of the season for Perth Glory. They will surely face the Japanese side with a lot of motivation. 

Vissel Kobe are traveling to South Korea for the clash with Suwon Bluewings. After a big 5-1 win against Johor Darul Ta’zim on Match-day 1, fans are expecting another convincing display against tougher opponents in order to keep their momentum.

It is the first ACL match this year for Suwon Bluewings as well, as their match against Guangzhou Evergrande has been postponed. Although they finished the league at the 8th place last season, they won the Korean FA Cup and feature top players such as South Korean international Yeom Ki-hun, former Sagan Tosu midfielder Kim Min-woo and last season’s K-League top scorer Adam Taggart. New signing Sulejman Krpić is a Bosnian striker with a great finishing skill. As both teams boast powerful attackers, it could be an exciting game with several goals.

Yokohama F.Marinos will try to extend their good start against Sydney FC (Australia) at home, after the opening-day victory over Jeonbuk Hyundai (South Korea). After claiming three points away from home through their own style of attacking football, the Japanese champions will face the first home game with confidence. Keita Endo has been showing improvement recently and could play an important role in this match. 

Sydney FC are the defending A-League champions. Led by another former Sanfrecce Hiroshima player, Steve Corica, they are comfortably sitting at the top of the table this season as well. English striker Adam le Fondre is a constant threat for the opposition, while Serbian international Miloš Ninković and German midfielder Alexander Baumjohann are also key players. The defense, led by captain Alex Wilkinson, is very solid. The clash between the Japanese and Australian champions will be an important match that can have a great impact on the whole group.