|Battle for the ball: Moreira Jesuino Osmar Francisco of Hoang Anh Gia Lai (centre) vies for the ball against SHB Da Nang players during their friendly match prior to the V.League. The two sides will meet in the national premier league on Sunday. — Photo vietnamfutsal.com
HA NOI (VNS) — After an opening week win SHB Da Nang coach Le Huynh Duc is confident of a positive result away to V.League leaders Hoang Anh Gia Lai this weekend.
Last week SHB Da Nang defeated Dong Thap 2-1 while Hoang Anh Gia Lai beat Ha Noi FC 5-0.
The former national team striker has quality players with foreign striker Gaston Merlo already having scored twice and midfielders Horace James, Thanh Hai and Hoang Thien in good shape.
"In Pleiku we may struggle with the weather and altitude, as the city is in the highlands. But I think my players can perform. I'll see how they play this week," said Duc.
Duc said some players did not follow his tactics while the defenders did not play effectively last weekend, so SHB Da Nang did not show their full potential. Those problems must be fixed ahead of this weekend's match.
Hoang Anh Gia Lai lost 1-3 to SHB Da Nang on their home ground in a friendly tournament ahead of the V.League. But the visitors were defeated 0-1 at the same venue last season.
In other matches, Ha Noi T&T host Quang Ninh Coal with both teams seeking their first win.
Sanna Khanh Hoa will welcome FLC Thanh Hoa. They both grabbed victories last weekend.
Can Tho, who spent the most on transfers ahead of this season, will host former champions Song Lam Nghe An.
New comers Ha Noi FC will travel to the south to play Dong Thap. They will be looking for their first points at the Cao Lanh Stadium.
At Lach Tray Stadium hosts Hai Phong will entertain Long An.
Defending champions Becamex Binh Duong's game against Quang Nam is postponed as the former are busy preparing for their AFC Champions League's second round match on February 27. — VNS