There are big matches all around in the Chinese Super League this weekend. Shanghai SIPG are looking to bounce back while the teams charging from behind hope they slip up yet again. If you missed last week’s matches, Adam Stenning has the roundup you need right here.
Now, let’s take a look at the matches.
Tomorrow morning, at 8 UK time, Guangzhou Evergrande travel to Dalian to play Yifang, who are yet to win this season, and Evergrande could go top with a win if results go their way.
Later on tomorrow top of the table Shanghai SIPG take on fourth-placed Beijing Guoan. After a loss to Changchun Yatai last time out SIPG are looking to keep Evergrande and Shandong at bay, while Beijing look to really get themselves into the mix at the top after one of their better starts in recent memory. A win here could see Guoan go one point behind SIPG and really open up the battle for the league title.
The other Shanghai team, Shanghai Shenhua, are travelling to Guangzhou to play R&F. Shenhua, like Guoan, have had a good start to the season and sit in fifth, while R&F have stopped a bad slump with a win last time out. Both teams need a win here to really get into the Champions League fight, but it’s more precarious for R&F than Shenhua.
Hebei China Fortune have also, seemingly, stopped their horrible start to the season and with a win against Henan Jianye they could go past Shenhua. Henan, for their part, need a win to get away from the bottom teams. There are four points up to the team above them in the league, but only one down to the relegation spot. A win at some point soon is a must.
That team above Henan are Tianjin Quanjian. They have not coped well after Fabio Cannavaro’s great first season and the loss of their former boss is bigger than anyone expected. Tianjin have only two wins this season and a third is required against Chongqing Lifan for Paulo Sousa, if not he might find himself out of a job in the very near future. Lifan have started decently and sit in a respectable ninth. Before this season they could perhaps have had hopes of breaching into the top five but with Shenhua and Suning returning to something akin to their former selves Lifan have been pushed back down to mid-table level.
Sunday has some potentially great matches
On Sunday morning, at 8:30 UK time, second-placed Shandong Luneng play Beijing Renhe and while Renhe have started quite well for a recently promoted side they should lose this one and Luneng could go top with a win. They have three wins on the bounce, but Renhe are in good form too with two wins and a draw from their last three. This could very well be a tight affair.
The other early morning kick-off is between Tianjin TEDA and Guizhou Hengfeng. A real bottom of the table clash as 15th placed Guizhou are looking for a second win against 12th placed TEDA. Tianjin may have six points down to the relegation spot but with a win here they could put considerable distance and several teams between themselves and Guizhou. For Guizhou’s part a win could see them climb out of the relegation zone, so motivation shouldn’t be a problem.
The final match this round sees sixth-placed Jiangsu Suning take on Changchun Yatai who are sitting in 11th. Despite their position in the table, Changchun are in great form with three wins on the bounce and Jiangsu should be very wary of their opponent. Suning need a win to join in with Guoan and Shenhua as the main teams for the Champions League spots, or league win, if things go their way.
That’s all from the Chinese Super League this week but come back on Monday to check out the roundup of all the action.