Sanfrecce Hiroshima v Melbourne Victory AFC Champions League Tips, Predictions and Preview - Honda returns home

Gary Emmerson 11 Mar 2019
Keisuke Honda of the Victory

Melbourne Victory visit Japan to face Sanfrecce Hiroshima in their second game in AFC Champions League Group F with all eyes on Keisuka Honda.

Sanfrecce v Victory kicks off at 9.00pm AEST at Edion Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports in Australia.

Match Preview


Both sides started their AFC Champions League campaigns with defeats last week and will be searching for a first victory when they collide in Hiroshima on Tuesday night.

Melbourne Victory were beaten 3-1 at home to newcomers Deagu FC despite Ola Toivanen putting the A-League premiers in front as the K-League side caused an upset in their AFC Champions League debut.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima went down 2-0 to two-time winners and Chinese Super League giants Guangzhou Evergrande last week, but the J-League side will see a home game against Victory as a great opportunity to their campaign up and running.

Sanfrecce warmed up for this game with a 1-0 victory over Cerezo Osaka in the J-League on Saturday, while Victory had the weekend off ahead of the trip to Japan.

The lack of a game in the A-League means it is now more than a month since Victory last won a game - a 3-2 success over Central Coast Mariners at the start of February. The run without a win now stretches to five games.

Tuesday night's game will be a huge one for Honda, who will return home to a hero's welcome. Can he come up with the goods and guide Victory to a first-ever victory on the road in the continental competition?

Victory did draw on two previous trips to Japan as they held Gamba Osaka in 2016 and Kawasaki Frontale last year, but that is likely to be the best they can hope for again.

Tips


Sanfrecce have never lost to Australian opposition, winning all three meetings with A-League sides. That should continue. 

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