Shanghai SIPG vs Melbourne Victory
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 20 February 2018
Kick-off: 13:00 CET
Shanghai SIPG had at Kawasaki Frontale last week what the hosts lacked; a quality striker to send the ball in. Elkeson scored the only goal of the match in the 23rd minute, a goal that only quality strikers score; he received the ball high up, used his chest to ease its way down, turned and shot under pressure. He was a bit lucky in the sense that the goalkeeper touched the ball, it then hit the post and still went in, but regardless, it was a brilliant goal by a guy who has proved his worth countless times in the past. Having written that, he did miss a great chance in the second half, Shanghai had other chances as well, but on the other hand, so did Kawasaki. Huge win for the Chinese side, one that if coupled with another win in this match, will make them favourites to finish in the group’s top-2. No game for them last weekend.
Ulsan Hyundai had Mislav Oršić scoring two – spectacular – goals last week in Melbourne, and Victory had Leroy George doing the same. The Australian side went 1-0 down in the 24th minute, but less than 120 seconds later, George had leveled the score. Same thing a little later in the first half; Ulsan goal/lead, George equaliser. The game ended in a 3-3 draw, my prediction that favourites Melbourne Victory wouldn’t win came good, but there are definitely positives they can take from that match. Sure, they went down three times, but answering three times takes guts and determination, other than skill obviously, and Victory at least avoided defeat, which would be not… catastrophic, but would have definitely limited their chances of qualification considerably. Plus, they got to show things to their fans. Keep in mind, four days before hosting Ulsan, they had lost at home to Brisbane Roar, and their fans had booed them after the final whistle. There were no boos after the draw against Ulsan, because the fans appreciated the team’s effort, at least that. No game for them last weekend.
Previous five matches:
Kawasaki Frontale vs Shanghai SIPG 0-1
Shanghai SIPG vs Chiangrai United 1-0
Spartak Moskva vs Shanghai SIPG 0-1
Shanghai SIPG vs Shanghai Shenhua 3-2
Shanghai Shenhua vs Shanghai SIPG 1-0
Melbourne Victory vs Ulsan Hyundai 3-3
Melbourne Victory vs Brisbane Roar 1-2
Newcastle Jets vs Melbourne Victory 2-0
Melbourne Victory vs Sydney FC 1-3
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Melbourne Victory 0-3
Shanghai SIPG’s next game is again at home, on March 3, versus Dalian Yifang (China Super League). Melbourne Victory are hosting Adelaide United this Saturday (A-League).
Shanghai SIPG vs Melbourne Victory: Head to head Stats
Shanghai SIPG have hosted Melbourne Victory once before, two years ago. They beat them 3-1 in another AFC Champions League group stage match.
Shanghai SIPG vs Melbourne Victory: Prediction
I will be very surprised if Shanghai SIPG don’t win this game.
Shanghai SIPG vs Melbourne Victory: Betting Tips
A simple Shanghai SIPG win pays 1.36. For more than that, I would combined it with over 2.5 goals, expecting Elkeson, Hulk and the rest of the hosts to be sharper than last week in their finishes.
More AFC Champions League betting tips and match previews:
- Zob Ahan vs Lokomotiv Tashkent
- Al Wahda vs Al Duhail
- Al Gharafa vs Tractor Sazi
- Al Ahli vs Al Jazira
- Ulsan Hyundai vs Kawasaki Frontale
- Kashiwa Reysol vs Tianjin Quanjian
- Kitchee vs Jeonbuk Motors
- Nasaf Qarshi vs Al Wasl
- Al Ain vs Al Rayyan
- Al Sadd vs Persepolis
- Esteghlal vs Al Hilal
- Cerezo Osaka vs Guangzhou Evergrande
- Suwon Bluewings vs Kashima Antlers
- Buriram United vs Jeju United
- Shanghai Shenhua vs Sydney FC