Doha: Al Gharafa would be keen to take all three points when they host the UAE’s Al Jazira in Group A of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.
Gharafa are third in Group A with five points, behind Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli (eight) and Al Jazira (five), but a victory would drastically improve their chances of qualifying for the last 16.
Iran’s Tractorsazi Tabriz, whom Gharafa take on in their last match, are at the bottom of the group with two points.
The Cheetahs had lost to Al Jazira away in the opening round but should consider themselves favourites on Tuesday. But they will be seriously handicapped in defence by the absence of centre-half Rubert Quijada who is out of action for three weeks after suffering a thigh muscle injury during a recent training session.
“It’s a crucial match for both teams and we are ready to face them and make up for our loss earlier in the tournament,” said Gharafa coach Bulent Uygun at the press conference on Sunday.
“True, we are the hosts and we have home advantage but you have to go out and play the match on the field.”
Meanwhile, high-flying Duhail would be keen to continue their winning run when they take on Iran’s Zob Ahan in an away game.
Duhail, who won the QNB Stars League title recently, ensured their last-16 berth with two matches to spare and coach Djamel Belmadi said they were keen to continue their winning run.
"Although we qualify for the second round, we will play for the win, because we want to continue the series of victories,” said Belmadi.