Cerezo Osaka vs Guangzhou Evergrande
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 21 February 2018
Kick-off: 11:00 CET
Third minute of added time, one left, Jeju United’s goalkeeper seemed to have an easy job, all he had to do was grab the ball, do what even an amateur goalkeeper would easily do, but… somehow his mind got stuck, and offered Cerezo Osaka’s Kota Mizunuma a fantastic gift, right in front of Cerezo’s fans, those who traveled from Japan to Korea to support their team last week. The Osaka side won 1-0, and someone could claim that even in this… weird fashion, they got what they deserved. Looking back on how the whole game went, it’s rather safe to write that Cerezo had more and bigger chances than Jeju United, and deserved more than a simple draw/point. No game for them last weekend, as the new season in Japan is starting in a few days.
I’m not sure what’s more impressive; that Guangzhou Evergrande dropped two points at home last week against Buriram United, or that they failed to create a real chance in the last 35 minutes of the match, after getting equalised. Ricardo Goulart (who else?) put them 1-0 up in the 16th minute (beautiful header), and generally they spent the first half imposing their own rules on the pitch, attacking in numbers, creating chances, and keeping Buriram far from their box. A goalkeeping mistake in the 57th minute allowed Buriram to equalise, but still, you would expect Guangzhou Evergrande to react, and if not win the game at least… die trying. Far from that. Zero real chances in the remainder of the game. The 1-1 didn’t change. No game for them last weekend, the season in China hasn’t started yet. It is in a few days, when Guangzhou will face Shanghai Shenhua for the first title of the year, the Super Cup.
Previous five matches:
Jeju United vs Cerezo Osaka 0-1
Kawasaki Frontale vs Cerezo Osaka 2-3
Cerezo Osaka vs Yokohama F. Marinos 2-1
Vissel Kobe vs Cerezo Osaka 1-3
Albirex Niigata vs Cerezo Osaka 1-0
Guangzhou Evergrande vs Buriram United 1-1
Midtjylland vs Guangzhou Evergrande 1-2
Slavia Praha vs Guangzhou Evergrande 5-1
Zenit vs Guangzhou Evergrande 4-1
FC Copenhagen vs Guangzhou Evergrande 0-0
Cerezo’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Yokohama F. Marinos (J-League). Guangzhou Evergrande are hosting Shanghai Shenhua on Monday (China Super Cup).
Cerezo Osaka vs Guangzhou Evergrande: Head to head Stats
Cerezo have hosted Guangzhou once before. It was in 2014, an AFC Champions League round of 16 match, a… painful experience for the Japanese side, as they got humiliated 5-1 in front of their own fans.
Cerezo Osaka vs Guangzhou Evergrande: Prediction
Cerezo Osaka are given a small advantage to win the game. Personally, despite having been negatively surprised by Guangzhou last week, I would only bet on Cerezo’s win having the safety net of “draw no bet”.
Cerezo Osaka vs Guangzhou Evergrande: Betting Tips
Cerezo’s win in “draw no bet” is at 1.75 betting odds. Even better, “under 2.5 goals” pays 1.95, and I consider it very probable having seen how their games went last week.
More AFC Champions League betting tips and match previews:
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- Al Gharafa vs Tractor Sazi
- Al Ahli vs Al Jazira
- Kashiwa Reysol vs Tianjin Quanjian
- Ulsan Hyundai vs Kawasaki Frontale
- Kitchee vs Jeonbuk Motors
- Shanghai SIPG vs Melbourne Victory
- Nasaf Qarshi vs Al Wasl
- Al Ain vs Al Rayyan
- Al Sadd vs Persepolis
- Esteghlal vs Al Hilal
- Suwon Bluewings vs Kashima Antlers
- Buriram United vs Jeju United
- Shanghai Shenhua vs Sydney FC