In the first quarter final of the AFC (Asian Champions League) Kashiwa Japanese band will play at home starting with Al Shabab 13:00, evolving team in Saudi Arabia.
Kashiwa is in full championship and 11th place in the J-League. Home team in this confrontation is unbeaten in the last seven games played, recording four draws and a win. Kashiwa has recovered ten points ahead of the third place Urawa busy. In the previous round of the Asian Champions League, Jeonbuk Kashiwa went after two wins, both on tour and in return. First Japanese won 2-0 away then home made a spectacular match, 3-2. Host band of this confrontation finished with two draws ‘white’ last two matches played.
Nelsinho Baptista, Kashiwa coach fears the striker guests, Naif Hazazi. Al Shabab’s Peak has a very good head shot and is positioned excellent at set-pieces. Leandro Domingues will return to the team, he’s the playmaker Kashiwa.
Al Shabab managed to win the championship last season in Saudi Arabia, but now will have some difficulties because it is behind the physical preparation. Al Shabab earlier this month played a match with Al Wahda verification, match lost by a score of 0: 1. In the final 16-heights in the Asian Champions League, Al Shabab Al Gharafa went after two victories. First was won 2-1, then won 3-0 at home. In the last four games played by Al Shabab in the Champions League they have scored at least three goals.
Rafinha and newcomer Naif Hazazi holders are notified in this match. Macnelly Torres arrived at Al Shabab barely two weeks ago and can not be used as holder since Michel Preud’homme, coach Belgian side of this duel. So far Al Shabab was prepared in Belgium, Abu Dhabi and South Korea. Belgian coach fears the offensive force the home side in this confrontation.