Ceres Negros FC looks to bank on home turf advantage when it tackles Home United FC in the decisive second leg of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup Asean zonal finals on Wednesday at the Panaad Park and Football Stadium in Bacolod City.
The Yellow Busmen try to become the first Filipino club to seize the regional title in the all-important match set to kickoff at 7 p.m.
Ceres Negros absorbed a narrow 1-2 loss to Home United in the first leg last week at the Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.
But midfielder Iain Ramsay believes that the decider will be a different game especially in the Negrenses’ territory.
“There will be a strong crowd who’ll get behind us. They (Home United) will definitely feel it,” said the 29-year old Ramsay.
“Our home support is like the 12th man, so we can’t wait to play at home,” he added.
Goalkeeper Roland Muller, who came up with five saves to keep a slim margin in the first encounter, shares the same confidence with his teammate.
“We are really strong at home and this gives me a lot of optimism ahead of the second leg in Bacolod,” said the former Philippine Azkals goalkeeper.
“If we can correct the things we did wrongly in the first leg then I am confident that we have a big chance to win. I am looking forward to the challenge,” added Muller.
Ceres once wrote history at the Panaad pitch when it ousted defending champion Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia in their semifinal tie almost three months ago.
Down 2-3 heading into the final leg, the Visayan club went on to advance to the zonal finals with a win via away goals (4-4 on aggregate) in front of the raucous home crowd.
Now, with one away goal, the Busmen have a chance to make another milestone even with a 1-0 victory over the Protectors.