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Last updated: 19 Sep 2023
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  • Watch Melbourne City vs Ventforet Kofu in the AFC Champions League (11.00 BST)
  • J2 League side Ventforet Kofu are minnows of the competition
  • Will the Japanese side cause another upset?
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Melbourne City vs Ventforet Kofu Preview


Ventforet Kofu surprisingly find themselves in the AFC Champions League having created history as the first J2 League team to win the Emperor's Cup in Japan. 
  • Melbourne City vs Ventforet Kofu Preview
  • Head To Head
  • Melbourne City Form
  • Ventforet Kofu Form

The Japanese second tier side love a giantkilling, but this could be a tough start with A-League Melbourne City backed to win at home.

  • Melbourne City have won 4 of their last 5 matches
  • Melbourne City have won 11 of their last 14 home matches
  • Ventforet Kofu have lost 5 of their last 9 matches

Head To Head


This is the first meeting between the sides.

Melbourne City Form


Melbourne City earned their second appearance in the AFC Champions League after landing the A-League premiership in 2022/23.

City finished as clear leaders on the ladder, but did lose the Grand Final in a heavy 6-1 defeat to the Central Coast Mariners.

Since the end of last season Melbourne have won through to the Australia Cup semi-finals courtesy of wins over Oakleigh Cannons 3-2, Wellington Phoenix 3-0 and NE Metrostars 2-1.

Ventforet Kofu Form


Ventforet Kofu created history by becoming the first J2 League team to win the Emperor's Cup and that success has earned them a first crack at the AFC Champions League.

The Japanese minnows are in the hunt for promotion to J1 League, sitting in seventh place in J2. They are two points outside of the play-off spots with seven games of the season remaining.

Most recently, Kofu were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Verdy last week. They have won just once in their last nine games in all competitions. 

Verdict

Ventforet Kofu earned their spot in the AFC Champions League by creating history as the first J2 League team to win the Emperor's Cup in Japan. They love a giantkilling, but this could be a tough start with Melbourne City backed to win at home.

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