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Melbourne Victory vs Guangzhou Evergrande
2019 Asian Champions League, Group stage, Matchday 3
|Venue: Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou|
|Match time: Fulltime|
|Guangzhou Evergrande||Melbourne Victory|
Melbourne Victory are still searching for their first points in the 2019 Asian Champions League and will be desperate to get them when they travel to face Guangzhou Evergrande in China. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 10pm (AEDT).
The Victory lost both of their first two games in the group stage last month, but it was the firxt of those which was the most crushing, as they fell to South Korean outfit Daegu FC at home 3-1.
They had the early lead in the game, but then struggled against Daegu, who were the only team looking like a sure victory against in the group.
The Victory then went to Hiroshima, and despite a Keisuke Honda goal on home soil, fell to Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1, putting their campaign in tatters.
They have won two out of their last three A-League games since that debacle, including an impressive 2-0 shut out of the Perth Glory, but if they are to get through a dominant Chinese club, they will need Honda to combine well up front with Keisuke Honda and their defenders to be rock solid at the back.
Guangzhou, playing in the Chinese Super League, are four from four and yet to concede a single goal for the season, with their defence being outstanding.
They have dominated all four games they have played, and while the Chinese club haven’t played any of their big rivals yet, they were perfect in a 2-0 shut out during the only Champions League game they have played at home so far against Hiroshima.
The home side will also have the support of a likely 40,000 plus crowd behind them, while Paulinho – the former Brazilian international – leads the way for an extremely successful football club.
Guangzhou will be out to take their second set of points at home in this competition, but Melbourne must, at the absolute worst. Unfortunately for them, there is a class difference between the two sides, and where there is already a difference, the travel and crowd should tell the rest of the story.
Guangzhou 3 – Melbourne 1.
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Kick-off: 10pm (AEDT)
Venue: Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou
TV: Live, Fox Sports