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Melbourne City vs Jeonnam Dragons prediction, preview, team news and more | AFC Champions League 2022-23



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The AFC Champions League group stage reaches the halfway point as Melbourne City lock horns against the Jeonnam Dragons on Thursday at the Leo Stadium.


The Australian side are currently at the top of the Group G standings with a win and a draw in two games so far. They overcame United City FC on Monday, with Marco Tilio's brace helping them to a 3-0 win.


After kicking off their league campaign with a win, Jeonnam Dragons fell to a shock 2-0 loss to BG Pathum United on Monday. Jeonnam currently play in the second division of the Korean football system and secured a place in the continental competition thanks to their Korean FA Cup triumph last season.


Melbourne City vs Jeonnam Dragons Head-to-Head

This will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides as this will be the first appearance in the competition for the A-League winners.


Melbourne City vs Jeonnam Dragons Team News

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Florin Berenguer and Aiden O’Neill remain the two absentees for the Heart with hamstring and foot injuries respectively. Connor Metcalfe tested positive for COVID-19 last week and will have to test negative before the game.


Melbourne City revelling in AFC Champions League atmosphere in Thailand


Melbourne City star Andrew Nabbout says the condensed and hub-style format of this year’s AFC Champions League group stage is helping the A-League champions’ cause in their first foray in Asia.


Heading into Friday morning’s match against South Korean club Jeonnam Dragons, City tops Group G on goal difference from Thai side BG Pathum United.


Attacking weapon Nabbout said his side was revelling in its Thailand hub, where each Group G team is playing six matches in a 17-day period.


Being in a normal format where you’re playing (domestic) league games in between, it breaks it up a bit, and sometimes it can be a good thing,” Nabbout said.


“But for the last couple of months we’ve been playing games every three days anyway, so this sort of format isn’t any different,


“We’re just in a different tournament. We’re ready for it, we’re fit enough, and we’re tactically ready as well, so the format’s helped us.”


Nabbout said the Champions League was a “big opportunity” that City didn’t intend to waste.


“In previous years Australia‘s been probably criticised with how things have gone in the Champions League, but we’re fully focused and we’re fully ready,” said Nabbout, who has also played in the Asian competition for City’s arch-rivals Melbourne Victory.


“I know what to expect, I’m bringing that experience back to the team. Hopefully I can really help in that department.”


City coach Patrick Kisnorbo said there was a “special bond” in his squad.


“We're lucky that we have a group that get along well,” Kisnorbo said.


“They respect each other. They’re friends off the pitch, which helps.”


Kisnorbo said Socceroos midfielder Connor Metcalfe was now available for selection after emerging from isolation following his bout of Covid-19.


“He’s trained but we need to see where he is with the impact of Covid. It affects people in different ways,” Kisnorbo said.


“His health is number one and his wellbeing is number one.”


Melbourne City vs Jeonnam Dragons – Group Stage – Preview & Prediction | 2022 AFC Champions League


Patrick Kisnorbo’s Melbourne City come into this on the back of an impressive 3-0 hammering of United City the other day in their most recent outing. They have started their AFC Champions League campaign with four points collected from two matches. They now come up against a Jeonnam Dragons side that come into this on the back of a 2-0 defeat against BG Pathum United. Melbourne City will expect to win this one quite comfortably.