FC Lokomotiv may struggle with Al-Wahda of UAE, Iraqi team Al-Shorta and Play-off winner in Group A, while FC Bunyodkor will face Iranian Sepahan, Al-Sadd of Qatar and Saudi Arabian Al-Nassr in Group D if they successfully finish their Preliminary stage.
Preliminary round 2
21 Jan 2019 | FC Bunyodkor (Uzbekistan) vs Al-Zawraa (Iraq)
21 Jan 2019 | FC Lokomotiv (Uzbekistan) vs FC Istiklol (Tajikistan)
28 Jan 2019 | Al-Ain (UAE) vs Winner of FC Bunyodkor vs Al-Zawraa
28 Jan 2019 | Al-Ahli (Saudi Arabia) vs Winner of FC Lokomotiv vs FC Istiklol
A total of 56 teams will be vying for the 2020 AFC Champions League, with the group stage divided into the East and West Zones.
The 2020 season kicks off with the preliminary stage on January 14 with the two-leg final scheduled for November 22 and 28.
Raising the stakes, the upcoming edition will present the champions, should they not qualify through their domestic league, with an added incentive of a guaranteed spot in the Preliminary/Play-off stage of the 2021 season.