AFC Matchday 6 – Make or Break for Buriram United
AFC Champions League – Group H
Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors v Kashiwa Reysol
Buriram United v Guangzhou Evergrande
Buriram United’s hopes of reaching the AFC Champions League last 16 hinge on them beating Guangzhou at home together with Jeonbuk remaining undefeated when they host Kashiwa Reysol. With the Jeonbuk game set to start at 5pm, Buriram could know their fate by the time their game commences at 6.30pm.
The Thunder Castle’s qualification train has been slowly running out of steam after two unexpected victories on matchdays 1&2. Before the group commenced, Buriram were seen as rank outsiders, but after encouraging early results, the double loss to Jeonbuk and Kashiwa Reysol last time out have dampened the mood slightly for the Thai side. A victory over big spending Ghangzhou is certainly doable as the Southern China Tigers have been very suspect at the back in their previous group games.
If Buriram were to squeeze into second place, they’d face a trip to familiar territory with either Japan’s FC Tokyo or Ulsan Hyundai of South Korea lined up as their last 16 opponents. Currently both sides are entwined together on 11 points in Group F as the duo are set to clash for their final group game in Korea.