Bengaluru FC created history by becoming the Third Indian club to Qualify the Quarter Final Stage of the AFC Cup 2016. However, they face the challenge of their life by again confronting Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia in the AFC Cup semi-final 2016. Let us together support the I-League Champions Bengaluru FC as they take on Johor Darul Ta’zim. Here is our prediction for the AFC Cup 2016 semifinal between Johor Darul Ta’zim vs Bengaluru.
Dempo FC and East Bengal FC are the only Indian Clubs to reach the AFC Cup Semi-final berth. However, Bengaluru FC defeated FC Tampines Rovers 1-0 at their home in Banglore and hold on to a 0-0 Draw upsetting the home side.
Johor Darul Ta’zim vs Bengaluru FC 1st Leg AFC Cup 2016
Date: 28 September 2016.
Venue: Larkin Stadium, Johor Bahru.
Time: 1:30 pm IST, 4:00 pm (Malaysian Time).
Broadcasters: Fox Sports Malaysia ( Malaysia) Star sports (India)
Only Dempo FC in 2008 and East Bengal in 2013 could reach the AFC Cup Semi Final as Bengaluru FC is the third Indian club to go so far. Although Johor Darul Ta’zim, as well as Bengaluru FC, were in the same group H. While Bengaluru FC had a disappointing performance against the Malaysian side by losing both home and away matches. The first leg of the AFC Cup Semi-Final 2016 to be Played at the Larkin Stadium, Johor Bahru. Whereas the Second Leg kick starts in India at Bengaluru FC’s home on 19th October at Sree Kanteerava Stadium,Bengaluru. Furthermore, Striker CK Vineeth and Suni Chettri are the Livewires in the Bengaluru FC front line backed by a couple of overseas player in the Midfield.
Bengaluru FC Recent signing Australian midfielder Cameron Watson is a great addition to the Club and Contributed exceptionally well. Bengaluru Boss Albert Roca is confident about the capabilities from the ex- Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets player. Roca Said “Cameron is a good player in a position that’s very important to the team,” said Roca. “He has a good background playing in Australia which I think is an impressive league in terms of standard and his presence would help us grow.” Juan Gonzalez coming from the Real Madrid B team is also a greatest Indian signing.
AFC Cup 2016 Semi-final Teams Predicted Lineups
Johor Darul Ta’zim(4-4-2)
Mohd Izham Tarmizi
Mohd Aidil Zafuan, Marcos António, Muhammad Fazly, H. Harun
Mohd Safiq, Kunanlan, Mohd Azammuddin, J. Pereyra Díaz
J. Lucero, Mohd Azinee
Bengaluru FC (4-4-2)
Rino Anto, Juan Gonzales, John Johnson, Lalchhuanmawia Fanai
Alwyn George, Cameron Watson, Alvaro Rubio, Eugeneson Lyngdoh
Sunil Chhetri, CK Vineeth
Johor Darul Ta’zim vs Bengaluru FC Predictions
Malaysian side Johor Darul Ta’zim will enjoy the Home advantage Playing the 1st Leg of the AFC Cup Semi Final 2016 against Bengaluru FC at Larkin Stadium, Johor Bahru. However, Bengaluru FC to play the 2nd Leg of the AFC Cup Semi Final in three weeks time directly on 19th October in their Home Venue Sree Kanteerava Stadium,Bengaluru.
Although Johor Darul Ta’zim and Bengaluru Fc were from the Same Group H in the AFC Cup Group Stages though it’s true that Bengaluru tasted Defeat in both home and away fixtures against Johor Darul Ta’zim. After Defeating Trampoline 1-0 on aggregate, the I-League champions has high Team Morale and Firm Belief to win the AFC Cup 2016.
Well if they do this they will surely create history by becoming the first Indian Club to win the AFC trophy. I Predict a 0-0 Draw in the first Leg. However, a Goal scoring decider match would be witnessed in India.