HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens hosts Hong Kong Football Club will look to take heart from last year’s opening draw with eventual champions Newcastle United at the start of the group stage and subsequent win over Newcastle Jets.
The tournament hosts also lost to eventual finalists Glasgow Rangers in a difficult Group C to advance to the Plate quarter-finals for a second consecutive year.
But having exited the competition at the same stage the year before, Hong Kong Football Club failed to progress after losing 1-0 to Yau Yee League Select following their 2017 defeat by Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen.
That followed on from a run to the semi-finals of the Plate competition in 2016, when they lost to eventual winners Stoke City.
Four years ago, the hosts put in their best performance to date at the tournament when they lifted the Plate after a penalty shootout victory over Leicester City following a goalless draw in the final.
Hong Kong Football Club had earlier defeated Singapore Cricket Club and HKFC Captain’s Select to reach their first Plate final since 2012.
Back in 2012, the hosts lost 3-0 to West Ham United in the final having also reached the same stage in 2005, losing to Kitchee.