Guangzhou Evergrande vs Suwon Bluewings
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 9 May 2017
Kick-off: 12:30 CET
Guangzhou Evergrande may be sitting first in the table, still undefeated, but if they lose this game, they are -most probably- out. Suwon Bluewings are just one point behind them, and third-placed Kawasaki Frontale have two points less than the Chinese side, but they are hosting Eastern, and should pick up all three points. Guangzhou’s 16-3 goal record looks impressive, but keep in mind that up to now they have beaten only Eastern, 7-0 and 6-0. Against Suwon and Kawasaki, their record is just 3-3, in three matches. Two weeks ago, some of their fans raised an “Annihilate British Dogs, Eradicate, Extinguish, Hong Kong Independence Poison” banner in Hong Kong’s Mongkok Stadium, and the AFC punished them with a fine and two home games behind closed doors, but the latter will be put into effect if the Guangzhou supporters violate AFC’s regulations again. For this game, more than 50000 fans are expected to pack the stadium. Last weekend they came from behind to beat Shanghai Shenhua 3-2 at home, their sixth consecutive win in all competitions.
Up until two weeks ago, everything was going according to plan for Suwon. They had earned a draw at Kawasaki, stayed undefeated against Guangzhou, beaten Eastern twice, but then… disaster -almost. Their 1-0 defeat at home to Frontale changed everything, and has made the Korean side outsiders to finish in the top two, despite the fact that they are currently second in the table. Given that Kawasaki are expected to beat Eastern at home, same time the game at Guangzhou will be taking place, Suwon are left with no choice but beat Evergrande, not even a draw will be good enough for them. Coach Jung-Won Seo fielded a mostly reserve lineup last weekend against Ulsan, and he paid for it. His team lost 2-1 at home, and are now only sixth in the K-League. At least most of his regulars got a rest.
Guangzhou Evergrande vs Suwon Bluewings: Head-to-head Stats
Their 2-2 draw at Suwon earlier this season was the first game ever between these two teams.
Guangzhou Evergrande vs Suwon Bluewings: Prediction
I can’t imagine Guangzhou committing football suicide and letting the qualification slip through their hands just like that. They should earn at least a draw. Actually, given how gifted they are offensively, and how desperate Suwon will look to score and win, I expect the hosts to take advantage of the situation and not just earn a draw, but win.
Guangzhou Evergrande vs Suwon Bluewings: Tips
Guangzhou’s win pays 1.57. Over 2.5 goals is at 1.70. A Guangzhou win in an over 2.5 goals game more than doubles your money.