Our Saturday afternoon treble is an early one as the action starts at 12:35PM, and all three of our selected teams come from China.
There’s been plenty of money in Chinese football over the last couple of years, so let’s hope they can help us land £60 of profit too. Here are our selections.
Guangzhou R&F v Chongquin Lifan
The champions are top of the league once more and show no signs of surrendering that lead anytime soon following a run of 10 straight league wins. Frankly, there’s no reason to think they won’t grab another here.
Phil Scolari’s side have dropped just two points at the Tianhe stadium this term, and the Brazilian trio of Paulinho, Alan, and Ricardo Goulart have produced plenty of magic in the opening 14 matches. The hosts boast 18 goals in just eight home games, and that quality should be too much against Chongquin.
The visitors aren’t a bad side by any means, but one win in six away games does tell a story. While they do score goals, the fact they’ve conceded 10 on the road is a cause for concern. After winning just one of the last five overall too, it’s hard to see them stopping Guangzhou’s stride.
They will probably be made to work for we, but we expect to see a home win.
Hebei CFFC v Shandong Luneng
Third-placed Hebei may have lost their back-to-back league and cup matches at Guangzhou, but their home record has been fantastic so far this season. The hosts have a perfect record of six wins from six at the Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium, and another three points should be on the menu here.
A return of 14 goals for and just three goals against makes great reading for Manuel Pellegrini. With a resurgent Ezequiel Lavezzi, Aloisio and Stephane M’Bia in their team, they should be extremely confident, even against a side that sits just one place below them in the table.
Shandong are performing quite well, but Graziano Pelle has struggled this term leaving it to Papiss Cisse and Diego Tardelli to score the goals. While the duo has done that so far, they could be in for a tougher challenge against one of the division’s strongest backlines.
This is one of Hebei’s most difficult home games, but they’ll be desperate to bounce back after those defeats at Guangzhou. Back on home soil, we’re backing them to do it.
Jiangsu Suning v Shanghai SIPG
Andre Villas-Boas’s Shanghai side are still without the suspended Oscar, but they will still be fancied to pick up an away win against struggling Jiangsu. We’re backing them to get it.
The team currently sitting second might not boast the best away record in the division, but they have only lost once. With Hulk, Elkeson, and Zheng Zhiyun looking to cause problems, they shouldn’t have any problems in the attacking third.
Juangsu have registered just five points from a possible 21 at home while they’ve ailed to win any of the last five league games in total. Even the quality of Ramires and Alex Teixeira hasn’t been enough to inspire results in recent games, and they could be in for another tough clash against very strong opposition.
Away wins aren’t easy to come by in China, but this can be one for Shanghai.