Another week has gone way too quickly and another round of games in the Chinese Super League beckons us. In the last set of games, we saw a new leader at the top of the table in Beijing Guoan after the top of the table clash between Shanghai SIPG and Shandong Luneng produced a draw. This week has another clash of epic proportions at the top of the table as Shanghai SIPG face off against defending champions Guangzhou Evergrande.
Guangzhou will be hoping to secure all three points or risk letting their season end without the league for the first time since their League One days. Guangzhou won their last game comprehensively on the back of a hat-trick from Talisca and Paulinho made his debut for the Champs. But Shanghai have been excellent this season and Oscar was on the scoresheet once again in the draw against Luneng. This game promises to be a cracking game and would give the winner a lot of momentum heading into the coming game.
League leaders Beijing Guoan take on Tianjin Quanjian. Tianjian never really got going this campaign after securing Champions League football last season. But they’re still a formidable team on their day and have the potential to cause an upset. But the odds are stacked against Tianjin as they look to end Guoan’s run of 14 games unbeaten. Another brilliant game on paper, it should be an exciting watch as Guoan hope to maintain their lead at the top.
Guizhou look set to be relegated at the end of the season with a record low points total. The team have only one win from their 12 games and have just four points to show for their efforts. Guangzhou R&F and Eran Zahawi will be licking their licks at the prospect of facing the League’s leakiest defence. I’d be surprised if Guizhou gets anything out of this one.
Hebei China Fortune takes on Jiangsu Suning in a 5th vs 9th clash. Just four points separate the teams and Heibei could become outside contenders for Champions League football if they manage to get a positive result out of this one. Should be a cracker of a game with both teams looking for the win. Only once in the last 5 games have both teams failed to get on the scoresheet.
Shanghai Shenhua have had a solid season by their poor standards in recent history and currently sit sixth in the league with a shot at Champions League football. They should manage to get the win against Henan Jianye who sit uncomfortably in 14th position with just a point separating them from the relegation places. Expect a routine win for Shanghai.
Beijing Rehne escaped with a draw last time around against Jiangsu after being reduced to 10 men in the Chinese Super League. They face fellow promoted side Dalian Yifang this week. Yifang are unbeaten in two games and finally have some sort of momentum after a host of big name signings before the start of the season. An upset could be on the cards here as Yifang finally look to move out of the relegation places after a torrid campaign.
The last team in the Champions League places Shandong Luneng face Changchun Yatai. Yatai are yet to defeat Shandong in their previous six encounters and three points don’t look likely for the home side. Changchun are also without a clean sheet in 3 games in this fixture.
In the final game of the week, Tianjin TEDA take on Chongqing Lifan. Chongqing need a win to allay fears of relegation from the Chinese Super League and as it stands they’re just a point and two places above Dalian Yifang. TEDA are a further four points ahead and should be looking over their shoulders uncomfortably.