This year, there's also change in the fixture, where east asian team would only meet the middle east team in final (unlike in semifinals in previous year). This means, JDT stands a good chance to qualify for finals.
Should they beat South China, the will meet either their group-mates Bengaluru or Selangor's group-mate, Tampines (whom has new coach).
Let's if JDT can defend their title. Nevertheless, it would be a dream come true if JDT can play in AFC Champions League.