Global Cebu vs Home United: Can Protectors claim an advantage?

AFC Cup | Rizal Memorial  Stadium | Tue 16 May | 7.30pm 

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The first leg of the AFC Cup ASEAN zonal semi-finals.

The lowdown

Global FC Form

  • Voltes 1-2 Global (UFL)
  • Global 3-1 Boeung Ket (AFC Cup)
  • Magwe 2-4 Global (AFC Cup)
  • Global 3-2 Johor Darul Ta’zim (AFC Cup)
  • Johor Darul Ta’zim 4-0 Global (AFC Cup)

Can Home United accomplish what Tampines failed to do when they face Global on Tuesday evening? They will want to if they harbour ambitions of reaching the AFC Cup ASEAN finals.

Home United Form

  • Tampines Rovers 3-2 Home (S.League)
  • Home 1-0 Balestier Khalsa (S.League)
  • Home 3-0 Geylang International (S.League)
  • Warriors FC 2-2 Home (S.League)
  • Home 4-1 Yadanarbon FC (S.League)

Global played their first game of the year against the Stags in an AFC Champions League playoffs and easily came out 2-0 victors, so to underestimate them would be unwise. Especially since the same Tampines recently beat Home 3-2 in a league game.

The Philippines side lost one game at the group stages; a 4-0 defeat by Johor Darul Ta’zim in Malaysia, but they showed their quality with 3-2 reverse back on home ground.

Home will need to be wary of Global’s prowess back at home, especially after they suffered an away 1-0 defeat to Yadanarbon in the group stages.

Home chose to rest several key players ahead of this face off and they will be hoping that their gamble pays off against a Global side that has not lost at home this year.

Team news

Stipe Plazibat missed the game against Tampines but Home are optimistic their top-scorer will be fit for this encounter.

Khairul Nizam, who was left on the bench as a precaution against Tampines, should also be ready to start. However, Juma’at Jantan is doubtful after picking up a knock against Tampines.

Global's squad depth is still to be determined after they could only name four substitutes in the game against Magwe. Defender Wesley Dos Santos is suspended while Misagh Bahadoran is still recovering from a knee injury.

Key Battle: Hikaru Minegishi vs Shamil Sharif

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Minegishi is a handful for most defenders. Photo: Global

If Juma’at is unavailable, Shamil Sharif might be asked to fill in at right-back once again.

If so, he will come up against the tricky Minegishi, who many will remember causing plenty of problems at the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016.

Shamil is a winger by trade, so he might find it difficult to keep his counterpart quiet. Whoever plays on the right wing will need to help out in defence if Home wish to come away with something from this game ahead of the return leg in Singapore.

The Coaches

Aidil Sharin will need to pick his team up after it suffered its first league defeat of the year on Friday.

The Protectors' tendency to concede goals should also be a concern for him, as Home looked shaky when dealing with crosses into their box against Tampines.

The People's Club will have a new man in the hot seat after the abrupt departure of coach Toshiaki Imai. Interim coach Marjo Allado will take charge and he is hoping to capitalise on Home's shortcomings.

Facts and Figures

  • Home have conceded 19 goals in 14 games.

  • Global are on a four-game winning streak, scoring 12 goals in the process.

  • Global and Home have not played each other competitively before.

  • The Protectors have scored in 11 straight games.

FourFourTwo prediction

Global have already shown they are formidable opponents, but there is no reason why Home cannot pick up a 1-0 win.

Main Photo: Home