V.League Matchday 3 Preview: Hanoi FC-HAGL clash takes centre stage

Thursday, 2020-06-04 15:47:34
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The clash between Hanoi FC and Hoang Anh Gia Lai takes centre stage on Matchday 3 of V.League 2020.
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NDO – After two months of disruption due to COVID-19, V.League action will officially resume at stadiums nationwide on June 5, with the clash between reigning title holders Hanoi FC and Hoang Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) being the most anticipated Matchday 3 clash.

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A win for the champions?

The Hanoi FC-HAGL confrontation always draws great interest from fans as both teams have many highly qualified players, who are key members of the national team, as well as possessing eye-catching and skilled attacking strategies.

However, at present, HAGL has lost their traditional playing style, with Xuan Truong having suffered an injury and Cong Phuong gone to play for Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City.

In terms of prowess, HAGL are also considered the underdogs. In many recent seasons, they have usually returned from Hang Day Stadium empty-handed. On the same matchday two years ago, HAGL suffered a humiliating away defeat against Hanoi FC. Last season, Lee Tae-hoon’s side needed a lot of luck to play out a 1-1 draw with Chu Dinh Nghiem’s troops.

Most recently, HAGL were eliminated from the National Cup after being beaten by Nam Dinh FC with two unanswered goals. Given such a poor display, few expect a good result for the guests on their trip to Hang Day Stadium on June 6.

In contrast, Hanoi FC are in a good mood following their last-16 victory over Dong Thap FC in the National Cup. For that reason, another triumph is likely in the hands of the capital city’s side in the upcoming V.League confrontation.

Will HCM City maintain their winning run?

HCM City are the only team to have maintained a winning run following the first two matchdays of V.League 2020. However, it remains a big question mark whether Chung Hae-seong’s side can continue unbeaten as their performances have not been consistent in recent times.

After defeat to First Division newbies Ba Ria-Vung Tau in a friendly match before the return of the season, HCM City continued to struggle against SHB Da Nang, having to resort to the brilliance of goalkeeper Bui Tien Dung to win a penalty shootout for a place in the National Cup quarterfinals.

The brilliance of goalkeeper Bui Tien Dung helps HCM City overcome SHB Da Nang to secure a place in the 2020 National Cup quarterfinals.

The weakness of the defending V.League runners-up came from their lack of a proper connection between various positions on the field to improve their attacking efficiency. Without adequate changes, it is very likely the southern team will attain an unexpected result at Hai Phong FC’s Lach Tray Stadium this weekend.

Any surprises in the other fixtures?

Regarding the Nam Dinh FC-Viettel FC match, the opportunity to win is now equal for both sides. Nam Dinh have been displaying a shift in their playing style this season. Reality has proven that when playing on home turf, they are a formidable opponent for every team. Meanwhile, Viettel will not feature talisman Nguyen Trong Hoang in their upcoming trip to Thien Truong Stadium due to injury. Due to this, Viettel are expected to face numerous difficulties in realising their three-point goal.

After overcoming Nam Dinh FC to quality for the National Cup quarter finals, Quang Ninh Coal FC will play host to V.League newbies Hong Linh Ha Tinh on Matchday 3. With their better lineup and greater experience, it seems that victory will be well within the hands of Phan Thanh Hung’s side.

Concerning the remaining three matches on Matchday 3, including Saigon FC-Becamex Binh Duong, Song Lam Nghe An-SHB Da Nang and Quang Nam FC-Thanh Hoa FC, it can be seen that these team’s strengths are all quite on par, and perhaps, victory will belong to those who make better use of opportunities created.