IN-form Ceres Negros looks to continue to roll in the 2018 AFC Cup when it visits Home United in matchday 2 of the group stages on Tuesday at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
The Busmen opened their AFC Cup campaign with a 9-0 thrashing of Cambodian side Boeung Ket Angkor in Panaad last week.
Now they take on a tricky Defenders side which is also off to a strong start, taking down Shan United, 1-0, in their opener.
“It’s the second game in the group stage and it is always important. I expect as always, a tough game because everyone wants to win,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic.
“They play at home, of course they need the points like us and I think it will be a big fight,” he added.
The last time the Busmen played there was in the Asean Zonal Finals in the same competition where they lost, 2-1, in the first-leg following a late Harris Harun goal.
Ceres then blasted the Singaporean side 2-0 at home for a 3-2 aggregate.
“Ceres has the advantage because they have played more games than us. They played the qualifier in the Champions League,” said Home coach Aidil Sharin.
“We do respect Ceres because they are a good team. They have good players but for us, I think we have prepared well,” he added.
In the Busmen’s match against BKA, five different players caught the back of the net, with three players notching braces.
OJ Porteria and Bienve Maranon notched two apiece while newcomer Takumi Uesato also got his first brace as a Busman.
Team skipper Carli de Murga and midfield maestro Manny Ott also got into the scoring action in Ceres’ dream opener.
“We had a very good game in our first game, of course that boosts our confidence. Also, the games before we had against high ranked teams, we were able to perform really well so the spirit of the team is very high,” said veteran midfielder Martin Steuble.
“We know the strengths of Home United and we will respect it but of course, we will go out there and compete to try and get three points in Singapore,” he added.
A win for Ceres will put the club in the early Group G lead.
Two scoreless teams in BKA and Shan United will play in Phnom Penh.