Matchday Six: West Zone Preview

After more than two months of thrilling action, the 2019 AFC Champions League group stage concludes this week with eight West Asia clashes across Monday and Tuesday.

With seven out of the eight round-of-16 West sides already confirmed, the final matchday will see clubs battle for the top spot in their respective groups.

Group D

Unlike the other three West Zone groups, the battle for second place is going to the wire in Group D, with Uzbekistan’s Pakhtakor and Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli both still standing a chance going into the final matchday.

The two Round-of-16 contenders go head to head at King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah. And while Al Ahli have the home advantage, Pakhtakor have a two-point lead on their opponents, meaning they only need a draw to progress.

The first encounter between the two in Tashkent two months ago was closely-contested, with a second-half Marat Bikmaev strike proving the difference at the final whistle.

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