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Melbourne Victory vs Guangzhou Evergrande
2019 Asian Champions League, Group stage, Matchday 4
|Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne|
|Match time: Fulltime|
|Melbourne Victory||Guangzhou Evergrande|
The Melbourne Victory will look to keep their mathematical chance of advancing to the knockout stages of the Asian Champions League alive when they clash with Guangzhou Evergrande on Matchday 4. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 7:30pm (AEDT).
Melbourne come into this game with zero points from their first three games, and to qualify from here, will need something of a miracle.
The biggest problem for the Victory is that all three teams above them have shared points, meaning it’s a six-point gap between the three and the Victory, who can end up on no more than nine points with three back-to-back wins.
Of course, that’ll be easier said than done for the club, who are battling to be competitive on the Asian scene.
They will bring no confidence into this match either, having lost 4-0 to Guangzhou away from home in their last match, and while they are at home this time, it may not help up against the deadly attack of players like Anderson Talisca and former Brazilian international Paulinho, who were deadly in their combination last time against the Victory.
What Melbourne must do though is build confidence ahead of the A-League finals, which is the part of their season yet to disappear up the river.
Guangzhou, on the other hand, have been far from poor recently, but not at their best. They have split the two matches since their clash with the Victory, losing to Beijing, but then beating Shandong Luneng. All in all, they have won four of their last five clashes as a club across all competitions, and it’s hard to fault where they are at on both ends of the park.
In saying all of that, their away record hasn’t been all that impressive, winning just one of their last five as a club on the road, so the Victory will look to start strongly and make the most of whatever opportunities they can create through Keisuke Honda and Ola Toivonen, among others.
The Victory simply must win, and while they have just been awful in the Asian Champions League, a turnaround – a fast-paced, high-scoring turnaround – has to come at some point.
Melbourne 3 – Guangzhou 2
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Kick-off: 7:30pm (AEDT)
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
TV: Live, Fox Sports