Bengaluru FC all set to face Altyn Asyr FK in Interzonal semifinal first leg:
Bengaluru FC will face Altyn Asyr FK on Wednesday for the AFC Cup Interzonal semifinal first leg which is to be held in Sree Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru. Bengaluru FC will be playing their first competitive match since winning Super Cup last season. The Super Cup champions completed their pre-season training in Spain facing some big names like Villarreal B, Barcelona B and UAE side Al-Ahli. Sree Kanteerava Stadium is all set to host this all important semifinal game between Bengaluru FC and Turkmenistan-based club Altyn Asyr FK where a moderate crowd is expected for this continental fixture.
Talking point is that both these sides have appeared in every edition of the AFC Cup since 2015, but are locking horns for the first time in their history. Bengaluru cruised to the top of Group E, winning five of their six matches and only losing away to Maldives’ New Radiant on Matchday 4. While, Altyn Asyr progressing past the group stage at the fourth time of asking was not simple, as Altyn Asyr were made to wait until added time on Matchday Six to secure a famous 3-2 win over Istiklol to reach their first ever AFC Cup Inter-Zone semi-final.
● Date and Time: You can watch the game live on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 8:00 PM IST.
● Venue: Sree Kanteerava Stadium will host this first leg game between Bengaluru FC and Altyn Asyr FK.
● TV Broadcast: Dsports
● Head To Head :
This is going to be the first meeting between the two sides.
● Team News:
Bengaluru FC are coming from Spain with a negative string of results against some heavyweight names. Carles Cuadrat will look to make an impact in his first competitive game at the helm of BFC as he has big boots to fill which are left by Albert Roca. With Miku staying, Bengaluru FC are looking even stronger up front with Sunil Chhetri. Xisco is expected to play an important role for Carles Cuadrat in the middle. Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is all set to save the goal for Bengaluru FC alongside Juanan.
On the other side, Altyn Asyr will be depending upon Süleýman Muhadow, who is expected to be a threat to Bengaluru FC’s defense with his goal scoring abilities. Murat Yakshiyev is the man for Altyn Asyr turn to when in need of inspiration, and the 26-year-old has certainly delivered in the AFC Cup with five goals and three assists. Having contested every minute of the AFC Cup campaign, Yakshiyev contributed to a goal every 67 minutes and has created six more scoring chances.
● Proable Line-up:
○ Bengaluru FC:
Nishu, Juanan, Bheke, Anto;
Khabra, Paartalu, Xisco;
Udanta, Miku, Sunil Chhetri.
○ Altyn Asyr FK:
Annaorazow, Babajanow, Charyyev, Mirsultanov;
Astanow, Batyrow, Aşyrow;
Hojaýew, Bayov, Muhadow.
● WRITER’S TAKE :
This is going to be a tough match for both sides but BFC has better individuals in their disposal. The issue with Cuadrat is he is having almost a new side in his charged and the nucleus of the side has mostly changed. Cuadrat’s biggest challenge will be coming out of Roca’s shadow and creating a philosophy of his won with Bengaluru, something which will take time. In front of the cheering West Block Blues, Altyn Asyr will find it hard to pull out something positive unless BFC underperforms.
● PREDICTION: Bengaluru FC 3-0 Altyn Asyr FK