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Tampines Rovers drawn to meet Malaysian champions JDT in AFC Cup

Tampines Rovers drawn to meet Malaysian champions JDT in AFC Cup
From ESPN - December 6, 2017

Malaysia Super League (MSL) champions Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) could face Singapore's Tampines Rovers in the 2018 AFC Cup after they were provisionally drawn together in Group H.

Both teams are hoping for progress through the qualifiers for the AFC Champions League (ACL), but realistically there is a strong chance that they will meet in a group that also features opponents from Indonesia and Vietnam.

In order to reach the ACL group stage, 2015 AFC Cup winners JDT have to overcome Thailand's Muang Thong United before an away playoff away to Japanese opponents.

Tampines, who qualified as S.League runners up, face an even more arduous route. If they can beat Bali United in Indonesia, they would then have to win at Thai FA Cup winners Chiang Rai United and finally overcome star-studded Shanghai SIPG in China.

It is a highly implausible scenario for the S.League runners-up in particular. We will see a Causeway Derby at club level in 2018, but we will have to wait until January before confirming the identity of the protagonists.

Should one or both of JDT and Tampines achieve the unlikely feat of reaching the ACL group stage, MSL side Selangor FA and and the S.League's Geylang United will replace them.

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