Jiangsu Suning vs Shanghai SIPG
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 31 May 2017
Kick-off: 14:00 CET
Will this be Yong-Soo Choi’s last game at Jiangsu Suning? It’s been rumored for a couple of weeks now that the owners of the Nanjing club have lost their patience with the Korean coach, and have a whole list of potential high-profile replacements, even Claudio Ranieri is said to have been contacted by Jiangsu. Last week they took the lead at Shanghai SIPG, but ended up losing 2-1, not a too bad result, given that they are just one goal away from qualifying for the quarterfinals. Last weekend though, against Ghuizhou Zhicheng, they dropped two more points in the CSL, where they are only 13th in the table. All in all, even last week, despite that 2-1, Jiangsu looked way below average. Ramires is the only player who seems to be performing at a high level, but he’s just not enough.
Last week I backed Shanghai SIPG to beat Jiangsu in a game that would have at least three goals. It ended 2-1, giving the Shanghai side the advantage. Not a huge one, but still, an advantage. Last weekend they were impressive against Beijing Guoan, beating them 5-1 at home, in what was their fourth consecutive victory, CSL and ACL combined. Andre Villas-Boas used practically the exact same starting lineup (Wei Shihao played instead of Elkeson, that was the one and only change), not seeing a reason to rotate any players (unlike his Jiangsu counterpart, who changed almost half his starting lineup in their CSL game).
Jiangsu Suning vs Shanghai SIPG: Head-to-head Stats
Jiangsu Suning have hosted Shanghai SIPG four times before, winning twice, drawing once, and losing once.
Jiangsu Suning vs Shanghai SIPG: Prediction
I will be really-really surprised if Shanghai SIPG lose, let alone get eliminated. Not only they are in great form, but also Jiangsu Suning seem to be making things easier for Hulk, Oskar, and the rest of the Shanghai side, by being impressively unreliable.
Jiangsu Suning vs Shanghai SIPG: Tips
‘Draw or Shanghai SIPG’ is at just 1.36, so we need something else. ‘Over 2.5 goals’ pays 1.65, still not high enough. Taking a bigger risk, I would bet on Shanghai SIPG to win the game, at 2.20, or, even riskier but very tempting, win and combine that with an ‘over 2.5 goals’, at 3.10.