Yeah lets not get 3 ex-winners and both teams that make the east final this time. New teams would be fun but I think we always get the Japan/China/Korea teams as we’re normally in the same pots as the Thai or other teams
The full details for the AFC Champions League (commonly referred to as the ACL) can be found here
Last year we drew the ultimate group of death with the top two in our group (Suwon and Kashima) going on to play each other in the semi-final. They would both have played the finals if the rules weren’t written to ensure an East team plays a West team.
To qualify for the Group Stage, the Newcastle Jets must play a Preliminary round 2 game at home on 12 Feb 2019 against the Indonesian League premiers (not yet known who) or Home United from Singapore. Here is what is currently know of the schedule and competitors for the Group Stage.
Best possible option for an away day in the ACL seems to be this. If Hà Nội FC can beat Bangkok United in the preliminary stage and then find their way into our group, the weather in Hanoi is pleasant for all the possible away days.
Yes. Twelve teams qualify directly for the group stage from each of the East and West zones, with 13 and 14 teams respectively fighting in a playoff round for the remaining four spots resulting in two groups of 16 each. Club rankings determine the number of spots each country gets.
I’m worried we wont have the depth to be competitive. Trent’s ACL and De Jong’s injury history has shattered my confidence. Hoping De Jong can bounce back and stay fit, maybe we can do ok? I don’t think we can find a replacement for Buhagiar’s preseason form for what we would have been paying him though.