Cambodian champions Boeung Ket play host to Home United in their AFC Cup Group F first leg tie at Olympic Stadium on Tuesday evening at 6:30pm.
After a crushing 9-0 defeat at the hands of Ceres Negros of the Philippines at the start of the campaign, Boeung Ket went down 2-1 at home to Mynamar’s Shan United last week.
They will be desperately looking for an upturn in fortunes when they face the strong Singaporean outfit.
Leading against Ceres Negros by an early goal from the penalty spot at the Jelan Basar Stadium on February 27, Home United lost the services of defender Sirina Camara after the Frenchman picked up a second yellow card early in the second half.
The team were down to 10 men for nearly 40 minutes and Ceres succeeded in pulling level late in the game for an honourable 1-1 draw.
Aidil Sharin, head coach of Home United, who have spent 23 consecutive years in the top flight of Singaporean football, may have every reason to feel deprived of two points from that game, after having won their opener against Shan United 1-0 in Yangon.
While Boeung Ket spirits were low after returning from their Bacolod city bashing by Ceres, the Blue Dragon showed their fighting side against the Myanmar champions and even led them for a while before Shan United bounced back to take all three points.
As Boeung Ket coach Keo Kosal indicated at a press conference with Sharin today, the home team will have to show great resolve to turn things around.
For his part, Home United coach Sharin said his team would be out to get the best possible result from the away first leg tie.