Malaysia's Felda United are not setting lofty expectations in the AFC Cup, but they are targeting nothing less than a win when Vietnam's Ha Noi FC visit Shah Alam Stadium for the Group G encounter on Tuesday night.
The 2016 Malaysia Super League runners up have a new coach in B. Sathianathan, who knows exactly how to manage expectations, given the squad at his disposal.
"We would be satisfied with a runners up spot in the group, which gets us into the next round," Sathia told ESPN FC.
"My focus is on the league, but the AFC Cup comes in as a handy experience for the young players, and even the club and its officials, so that we can build reputation as one of the top clubs in Southeast Asia."
Felda are bottom of their group after a 2-1 loss to Singapore's Tampines Rovers on Feb. 21.
With a host of quality locals like Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, Fazrul Hazli, Hadin Azman and Wan Zack Haikal, the Fighters have a real chance of getting through the group.
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But Ha Noi won't be pushovers, having won the V.League in 2016, and they sit second in the 2017 Vietnamese season.
"I tried to go through some websites and even YouTube, but I couldn't get much info on them. But they are a strong side, sitting second in their domestic league. They have got good national players and good foreigners. It will be tough for us, but we have nothing to lose," said Sathia.
Felda will have to keep a close eye on Hanoi forward Nguyen Van Quyet, one of the Vietnamese stars at the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup.
The nippy attacker is blessed with pace and a killer final pass, which could unsettle Shukor Adan and Co. in defence.
Johor Darul Ta'zim will, meanwhile, look to consolidate top spot and notch their fifth consecutive victory when they travel to play Myanmar's Magwe in Group F.
The Southern Tigers have got their season back on track after a slow start, having scored 11 goals in their last four games, which have all been victories.
Nicolas Anil is a former Malay Mail and Goal.com Malaysia editor/writer who appears on BFM Radio as a football analyst. Twitter: @nicolas_anil.