Shanghai SIPG vs Ulsan Hyundai
Competition: AFC Champions League
Date: 7 March 2018
Kick-off: 13:00 CET
“Shanghai SIPG and over 2.5 goals” was my tip two weeks ago when the Chinese side hosted Melbourne Victory, and they definitely delivered, beating the Australians 4-1. The game was over 2.5 just two minutes into the second half, with Shanghai SIPG up 3-0. Last weekend they offered their fans two – more – hours to remember, as they massacred Dalian Yifang 8-0 at home, on the first day of the new CSL season. The hosts were absolutely spectacular, Oscar scored three times, Wu Lei the same, Hulk added one from the penalty spot, and generally Shanghai SIPG looked… scary, a traumatic experience for poor Dalian. They are the only team in the group on six points from their first two matches, meaning that they are the ones who have looked the best, but also the… top favourites to get complacent and surprise negatively with a below average performance and loss of points.
I seriously doubted Ulsan Hyundai would lose at home to Kawasaki Frontale two weeks ago, but I was hesitant to back them to win, and their double chance was paying less than 1.50. I ended up suggesting “over 2.5 goals”, and it came good, as Ulsan beat Frontale 2-1. They are on four points from two matches, but they have back-to-back games against Shanghai SIPG, two matches that can make them favourites to qualify, or… push them down third, obliged to look for points in Japan (against Frontale) and versus Melbourne Victory at home. Last week, the new K-League season started, and Ulsan lost 2-0 at Jeonbuk Motors. No defeat is pleasant, but Jeonbuk are considered one of the biggest favourites to win the championship title, and Ulsan were playing away from home, so…
Previous five matches:
Shanghai SIPG vs Dalian Yifang 8-0
Shanghai SIPG vs Melbourne Victory 4-1
Kawasaki Frontale vs Shanghai SIPG 0-1
Shanghai SIPG vs Chiangrai United 1-0
Spartak Moskva vs Shanghai SIPG 0-1
Jeonbuk Motors vs Ulsan Hyundai 2-0
Ulsan Hyundai vs Kawasaki Frontale 2-1
Melbourne Victory vs Ulsan Hyundai 3-3
Saarbrücken vs Ulsan Hyundai 1-0
Mattersburg vs Ulsan Hyundai 2-2
Shanghai SIPG’s next game is at Shangai Shenhua, on Saturday (China Super League). Same day, Ulsan will be hosting Sangju Sangmu.
Shanghai SIPG vs Ulsan Hyundai: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Shanghai SIPG vs Ulsan Hyundai: Prediction
I do expect Shanghai SIPG to justify their “favourites” tag, but I consider their 1.44 low, so I prefer to bet on goals instead.
Shanghai SIPG vs Ulsan Hyundai: Betting Tips
Shanghai SIPG seem on fire, they have 12 goals in their last two games, but I expect Ulsan to limit them, and limit them a lot. “Under 2.5 goals” pays a huge (for “under 2.5”) 2.87, and I like it a lot, expecting Ulsan to look exactly the opposite to their previous away game, that 3-3(!) at Melbourne Victory. “Under 3.5” pays 1.80, sort of decent, if you prefer something less risky. Last, but not least, “Shanghai SIPG and under 3.5 goals” is at 2.75 betting odds.
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- Guangzhou Evergrande vs Jeju United
- Zob Ahan vs Al Wahda
- Al Duhail vs Lokomotiv Tashkent
- Al Ain vs Esteghlal
- Al Hilal vs Al Rayyan
- Sydney FC vs Kashima Antlers
- Kawasaki Frontale vs Melbourne Victory
- Suwon Bluewings vs Shanghai Shenhua