Buriram desperate for win against Cerezo
Thai League 1 champions Buriram United aim to beat Japan's Cerezo Osaka on Tuesday to get their AFC Champions League campaign back on track.
After two games, Cerezo lead Group G with four points and are followed by South Korea's Jeju United (three), China's Guangzhou Evergrande (two) and Buriram (one).
Buriram got off to an impressive start, holding former champions Guangzhou to a draw in China.
However, the Thunder Castle were brought down to earth by Jeju, who won 2-0 at Chang Arena.
Against Cerezo, Buriram will be without their top striker Diogo Luis Santo, who is suspended.
Buriram coach Bozidar Bandovic told a press conference on Monday that it would be tough for his team against Cerezo.
"We lost to Jeju in the previous game so we only have one option and that is getting three points on home soil against Cerezo Osaka. Although we had a disappointing result in the previous game, I still have confidence in our players," he said.
"Cerezo Osaka have many strong points and we have to focus on all the finer details and must be careful of them. I hope our players will be able to do what we have planned in training."
Besides Brazilian striker Diogo, Buriram will also be without Suchao Nutnum.
"We are disappointed that they will not be available for the team. But we are still confident that their replacements can do a good job. We believe that we can win this match,'' Bandovic said.
Buriram captain Jakkraphan Kaewprom said: "Anything can happen in football. We have to stay focused against Cerezo who are a good attacking side."
Buriram's strike force will be led by Brazilian forward Edgar Bruno da Silva.
Buriram have a poor record against J-League sides with only one win in the AFC Champions League -- a 3-2 victory over Kashiwa Reysol seven years ago.
In their only two previous meetings with Cerezo, the Thais lost to them at home and in Japan in 2014.
Buriram are currently the leaders in Thai League 1 with four wins in as many games.
Buriram forward Edgar Bruno da Silva, second left, trains with teammates on Monday.