Southeast Asia Vietnam

Hanoi Look to Extend Lead, Thanh Hoa in Search of First Win

Tran Tien

Football Tribe Vietnam


This weekend, round 8 of V.League will be played in 7 stadia across the country. Due to the state funeral after the death of former president Le Duc Anh, matches will be played on Sunday and Monday instead of Saturday and Sunday as per usual.

On Sunday, league leaders Hanoi FC will travel to face Becamex Binh Duong. Both sides were in action in midweek in the AFC Cup, facing Nagaworld of Cambodia and Persija Jakarta of Indonesia respectively. If Hanoi are able to pick up all three points, they will have the chance to extend the lead, as second-placed Ho Chi Minh City face a difficult trip to face Sanna Khanh Hoa.

However, the defending champions haven’t had a good record on the road this season, winning just one and drawing two of their games. They also had not had good results when they’ve played at Go Dau stadium, as they have only won one match in their last five visits.

Elsewhere, the bottom team Thanh Hoa will be looking for their first win of the season when they take on Quang Nam. If they earn 3 points, they will overtake their opponent and avoid staying the last place.

The other match will likely attract spectators is the duel between Viettel and Song Lam Nghe An at Hang Day stadium. Hosts Viettel welcome back the national team defender Que Ngoc Hai, who has returned from suspension. This is the special match for Ngoc Hai, as he faces his old team, where he made his name and became a famous player in the country.