The road to the ACL continues with the last step before entering the group stage, many experienced and some debutant teams are aiming to qualify for the next stage.
Bunyodkor vs Al Shabab
Venue: Bunyodkor Stadium, Tashkent
Its the 2nd time Shabab feature in the ACL playoff, in 2013 they won their playoff tie vs Saba Qom from Iran on penalties.
Its the 2nd time both teams face each other, in 2009 Bunyodkor and Al Shabab played each other in the group stage, in the match played in UAE, Al Shaba won 2-0 and in Tashkent the match ended 0-0.
Al Shabab previous encounter vs an Uzbek club in the playoff stage was in 2012 vs Neftchi Fergana so its the 2nd time that they are playing vs an Uzbek club in the same stage(Playoffs).
Bunyodkor previous encounter vs an UAE club was vs Al Jazira last year in which the Uzbeks emerged victorious 3-0.
The winner of this match will play in Group B.
Pohang Steelers vs Hanoi T&T
Venue: Pohang Steelyard, Pohang
Its the 1st time that both clubs face each other
Its the 3rd time that Pohang plays vs a Vietnamese club at AFC Competitions
2013 semifinalists want to be again in the group stage, last year they were eliminated by eventual winners Western Sydney Wanderers
Its the 2nd time in a row that Hanoi play at ACL playoffs, last year they lose in this same stage vs FC Seoul.
FC Tokyo vs Chonburi
Venue: Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo
Its the 1st time that both teams play each other
FC Tokyo part as favorites to win this match while Chonburi have a vas experience in both the AFC Champions League and the AFC Cup and they will put in practice all their experience to fight for qualifying to the group stage.
Chonburi meets Japanese opposition again since they played vs Kashiwa Reysol in the playoff stage last year.
Its the 2nd time for FC Tokyo that they are competing in the AFC Champions League, their maiden debut was in 2012.
Shanghai SIPG vs Muangthong United FC
Venue: Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai
Its the maiden debut for Shanghai SIPG in AFC Competitions and they want to qualify to the group stage after having an amazing 2015 campaign in the Chinese Super League.
Its the 2nd time in a row that a Chinese club debuts in this stage, last year was Guangzhou R&F who also debuted in this same stage and won vs Central Coast Mariners.
Muangthong United previous encounter vs Chinese clubs was in 2013 when they played vs Guangzhou Evergrande, who emerged as the champions from that edition.
Adelaide United vs Shandong Luneng
Venue: Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
Its the 2nd time that both teams play each other
In the ACL 2010 Adelaide won in China 2-0 and in Australia, they lose 1-0 vs Shandong.
Adelaide have only played vs 2 Chinese clubs since they started competing in this tournament, in 2008 vs Changchun Yatai and in 2010 vs Shandong Luneng.