Second leg action in the AFC Champions League Round of 16 takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, with the home sides harbouring strong hopes of progression. A quintet of teams, namely Kashiwa Reysol, Guangzhou Evergrande, Al Shabab, Esteghlal and Lekhwiya are all looking forward to home support after victories on the road.
FC Seoul and last year's runners-up Al Ahli, meanwhile, enter their home games hoping to build on draws at El Jaish and Beijing Guoan respectively. Despite being stunned 2-1 in Thailand, Uzbeks Bunyodkor will have fixed their sights on a home triumph large enough to overcome their first-leg deficit.
Kashiwa Reysol-Jeonbuk Motors
The only former winners to have survived the group campaign, Jeonbuk travel to Kashiwa with an uphill task having lost the first leg 2-0 at home. Revenge is, of course, on the K League side's mind but coach Fabio Lefundes's visitors could only field a largely under-strength line-up, with defender Jung Inhwan, midfielder duo Kim Jungwoo and Jeong Hyuk all ruled out due to injuries.
Still, the seven-time Champions League participants can take heart from their significant Asian experience. And they boast a decent record against J.League sides prior to facing Kashiwa. Jeonbuk got the better of Gamba Osaka by grabbing four points over two legs en route to winning the 2006 title. Two years ago, they thrashed Cerezo Osaka 9-5 on aggregate, with tournament top-scorer Lee Donggook on target six times.
If Lee can relive that form, Jeonbuk will be hopeful of ending their Kashiwa-jinx. Nelsinho Baptista's side can look to their on-song striker Masato Kudo, who scored his fourth goal of the campaign against Jeonbuk last week. New Brazilian signing Cleo adds to their potency up front, while his compatriot Leandro Domingues is expected to provide the driving force.
The other attractions
In west Asia, Al Shabab entertain Al Gharafa, boosted by a 2-1 away triumph. Shouldering the goal-scoring burden for the hosts are Sebastian Tagliabue and Nassir Al Shamrani, both of whom were on target in the opening leg. The visitors can, for their part, count on eye-catching imports in the shape of Mark Bresciano and Djibril Cisse.
It is a different story for Riyadh giants Al Hilal, who travel to Lekhwiya facing a formidable challenge having lost the previous meeting 1-0. The Qataris, of course, achieved the feat under none other than Eric Gerets, who took the Saudi side to the last four in 2010. Aside from the Belgian coach's knowledge about their opponents, the hosts can look to the goal-scoring form of Sebastian Soria, while Al Hilal's hopes lie with Wesley and Yasser Al Qahtani.
Playing in front of their home supporters, Al Ahli are expected to improve their output against novices El Jaish. Newly-crowned Iranian champions Esteghlal, meanwhile, look poised to cruise past Al Shabab Al Arabi at their Azadi Stadium to seal progression.
In the far east, FC Seoul welcome Beijing with renewed form having rested over the weekend, although defender Choi Hyojin is missing through suspension. The visitors, though, enter the game with a hard-fought 2-2 home draw against Tianjin Teda on Saturday, during which both forward Wang Xiaolong and fullback Zhou Ting were injured and are thus ruled out for the re-match.
Marcello Lippi's Guangzhou welcome the Mariners on the back of their 4-1 home defeat of Liaoning Whowin on Saturday, with Lucas Barrios completing a brace. However, the Paraguayan international is missing for the return match with a pulled thigh muscle. His replacement, Gao Lin, will form the attacking line-up alongside top-scorer Muriqui.
A 1-1 draw against BEC Tero Sasana, who edged Uzbek Pakhtakor to a place in the inaugural final in 2003, is perhaps all Buriram United need heading to Tashkent for the decider against Bunyodkor. The hosts, for their part, must overcome their lacklustre form as they seek to progress with their first home win.
Players to watch
Guangzhou's Muriqui and El Jaish's Wagner Ribeiro, level on seven goals apiece, will battle for top place in the tournament’s scoring chart.
2 - Bunyodkor have twice made it to the semi-finals while FC Seoul reached the last eight in both 2009 and 2011. Jeonbuk, though, boast a far more impressive record having stormed into the final on two occasions.
What they said
"We have done a terrific job and won the game, but we will not be too overwhelmed by this victory. We have another 90 minutes in Uzbekistan to prove ourselves since Bunyodkor is a strong team," Buriram United coach Scott Cooper
Round of 16 second leg fixtures
21 & 22 May
Al Shabab-Al Gharafa
Al Ahli-El Jaish
Esteghlal-Al Shabab Al Arabi
FC Seoul-Beijing Guoan
Guangzhou Evergrande-Central Coast Mariners
Kashiwa Reysol-Jeonbuk Motors