Western Sydney Wanderers vs Shanghai SIPG
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 10 May 2017
Kick-off: 12:00 CET
In a group with Shanghai SIPG, Urawa Reds and Seoul, Western Sydney were not expected to have a… walk in the park, were not even considered favourites to qualify, but from there, to having just three points in five matches, and, wait for it, to have conceded an impossible to believe TWENTY goals, the distance is really chaotic. The Aussies have conceded at least three goals in all their defeats, they even conceded twice when they beat Seoul, 3-2, in Korea(!). In the A-League they didn’t even make it to the last four, so their last competitive match was two weeks ago, when they got humiliated 6-1 at Shanghai SIPG. The Wanderers are already working on their roster for the next season, having extended their deals with goalkeeper Jerrad Tyson and centre-back Brendan Hamill just a couple of days ago.
Shanghai SIPG have already qualified for the last 16 of the competition, they are doing very well in China’s championship, they are sitting second, two points behind leaders Guangzhou Evergrande, on Saturday they picked up another win, at home, 3-0, over Guizhou Zhicheng, but right now it’s all about Hulk at Shanghai SIPG, and his alleged punch(!) on Yu Ming, assistant coach of Guizhou, as the players were heading to the locker room for halftime on Saturday. Guizhou’s coach, Li Bing, accused Hulk of punching his assistant, after insulting him in English. Shanghai SIPG and the Brazilian star have denied the claims, but the Chinese Football Association are looking into the matter, and it remains to be seen what they will decide. If they find Hulk guilty, things could get very ugly for him in China.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Shanghai SIPG: Head-to-head Stats
Shanghai SIPG beat Western Sydney 5-1 earlier this season, in the first game ever between these two.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Shanghai SIPG: Prediction
Under different circumstances I wouldn’t hesitate to back SIPG to win, but… they have already qualified, the trip to Sydney is long, they are in the middle of CSL games, so… I’m doubting their focus on this game, and their determination to beat Western Sydney. I prefer to go with goals, leaving winners and losers aside.
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Shanghai SIPG: Tips
Against all odds, I’m going with ‘under 2.5 goals’, despite the fact that Western Sydney have the worst defensive record in the whole group stage, having conceded at least two goals in all matches. I just don’t see SIPG score more than once, not because they can’t, but because they… don’t need to. As for Western Sydney, they haven’t played a competitive match in two weeks, so I don’t see them score more than one goal either. ‘Under 2.5 goals’ pays 2.10.