Struggling Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds will host an equally desperate Brisbane Roar in what is already being billed as a crucial Asian Champions League group clash for the two sides.
Having lost their respective opening games in the competition, both sides will be keen to bounce back with a strong showing this Wednesday night at the Diamonds Saitama Stadium.
In weekend fixtures, both teams didn't fare much better, with Urawa Red Diamonds losing by 2-0 in a J-League Super Cup - although friendly. The Roar fought admirably in a 2-2 away draw at Perth, where Corey Brown was controversially sent off in the dying embers of the match. Perth proceeded to snatch a late equaliser, leaving Brisbane Roar to contemplate what may have been.
They had plenty of the time to mull it over on the long flight back to Brisbane, and one might say it may cross a few players minds on the trip to Japan.
Corey Brown won't miss the game through suspension, although Frans Thijssen's rotation policy means that he may not receive a starting berth regardless. A visa issue prevents starting right back Jerome Polenz from travelling to Japan, casting further doubt on the starting squad.
The Urawa Red Diamonds is one of Japan's leading football teams, consistently towards the top of the J-League Ladder, and in fact have previously won the Asian Cup back in 2007.
Despite their recent faulters, it is expected that they will perform strongly and agressively at home, under coach Mihailo Petrovic, a former Yugoslavian International.
This will prove a very tricky encounter for the Brisbane Roar as they will face the sternest test in front of a passionate Japanese crowd in a 63,000 strong stadium.
Expert tip: Urawa Red Diamonds 1 - 1 Brisbane Roar