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Daegu FC vs Melbourne Victory
2019 Asian Champions League, Group stage, Matchday 5
|Venue: DGB Arena, Daegu|
|Daegu FC||Melbourne Victory|
Melbourne Victory meet Daegu FC in their penultimate Asian Champions League fixture for 2019. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 8pm (AEST).
With a massive A-League semi-final looming against old foe Sydney FC, Victory travel to Korea for what is, essentially, for them, a nothing game.
Kevin Muscat’s team are no chance of qualifying for the knock out stages of the competition and the only role they can potentially play would be to affect the standings above them.
A win for the Koreans would keep their qualification hopes alive and a loss would make things very difficult with just a round of matches remaining before the top two teams in each group qualify.
It’s a chance for the Victory to play spoiler and they will no doubt play with the enthusiasm demanded by their manager, however, the make-up of the team that takes to the pitch will be all the talk in the lead up to this match.
Keisuke Honda, Ola Toivonen, Kosta Barbarouses, Carl Valeri, Leigh Broxham, Terry Antonis, Raul Baena, Lawrence Thomas, James Troisi and Georg Niedermeier have all remained on Australian soil and it will be the youngsters and peripheral cast who take on a Daegu side with an opportunity to move to the top of the group.
Josh Hope, Kenny Athiu, Jai Ingham and Rahmat Akbari will attempt to gel with the rookies and the defensive unit looks quite solid with Thomas Deng, Corey Brown, James Donachie and Storm Roux having made the trip.
With all eyes on Sunday’s semi-final ‘Big Blue’, Muscat will be hoping his first team players get through this one unscathed but also be expectant of a bold performance that showcases the future of the Melbourne Victory.
It is impossible to tip against Daegu in this match. With a chance to go top of the group there is much on the line.
The solid Victory defence could keep things tight for an extended period, although distracted minds that drift off to more domestic issues may also play a role in a Daegu FC victory.
Where: DGB Arena, Daegu, South Korea
When: Wednesday 8th May 2019, 8pm (AEST)
TV: Fox Sports
Betting: Daegu FC $1.20, Draw $6.50, Melbourne Victory $19.00