Uzbek champions for the past two years, Lokomotiv return to AFC Champions League action for the fourth successive season when they host the United Arab Emirates’ Al Wahda at Lokomotiv Stadium in Group B on Monday.
Lokomotiv’s best performance on the continent came in reaching the quarter-finals in 2016 but last year they won just one from six as they exited at the group stage.
The recent acquisition of Uzbekistan international Sardor Rashidov will bolster their frontline, while, despite last season’s poor campaign, the Central Asian side remained unbeaten in front of their own fans.
Al Wahda were also eliminated at the first hurdle last year as they managed just one win from six and will go into their tournament opener looking to bring an end to a 15-match winless run on the road in the AFC Champions League.
The Emirati side lost all three away games in the 2017 group stage while their last trip to the Uzbek capital – back in 2011 – resulted in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Bunyodkor.