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Seoul FC vs Melbourne Victory: Tough opponent for a sweet opening

Seoul FC vs Melbourne Victory: Tough opponent for a sweet opening

Seoul FC will start their campaign at the continental playground with the match against the current group leader Melbourne Victory.

Seoul FC vs Melbourne Victory match information

Time: 18:30 (GMT+8) on February 18th

Venue: Seoul World Cup Stadium

Competition: 2020 AFC Champions League

Group E of the 2020 AFC Champions League will witness the much-anticipated match between the South Korean side Seoul FC and the Australian side Melbourne Victory.

Seoul FC finished the 2019 K-League 1 season at the 3rd place. That position assured them a place at the AFC Champions League preliminary round, where they easily overcame the Malaysian side Kedah FC to move on to the group stage. This will be the first competitive match of Seoul FC in the season, as the new season of K-League 1 will kick-off at the end of February.

Their opponent for the next match is Melbourne Victory. The Australian side is experiencing a dreadful form at the A-League this season. After 17 matches, they stand at the 9th position, and seems to be nowhere near the spot for the continental football. However, they did have a flying start in the group stage. The Australian side was victorious in the first match against the side from Thailand, Chiangrai United. The accurately converted penalty from Ola Toivonen was the only difference separating the two teams in the first match.

This will be the first time these two teams encounter each other.

It is anticipated to be the cagey match between the two teams. But with the form the away team is suffering, adding to the home advantage, the South Korean side is having the upper hand ahead of the next match.

Seoul FC vs Melbourne Victory match information: 

Seoul FC: Yu Sang-Hun, Ju Se-Jong, Kim Nam-Chun, Hwang Hyun-Soo, Kim Joo-Sung, Osmar, Ko Kwang-Min, I. Alibaev, Park Chu-Young, Park Dong-Jin, Kim Han-Gil

Melbourne Victory: L. Thomas, A. Traor√©, J. Donachie, G. Gallifuoco, S. Roux, M. Basha, A. Lesiotis, B. Lauton, E. Kamsoba, O. Toivonen, A. Nabbout 

Seoul FC vs Melbourne Victory score predictions: 1-0