On October 23, within the framework of the second match of the quarterfinals of the playoffs of the Chinese Super League, the Shanghai SIPG – Shanghai Shenhua meeting will take place. Will the guests be able to present one of the main sensations of the season and knock out the contender for the championship from the tournament? Read about it in our forecast.
“Shanghai SIPG” no matter how hard they tried to find a gap in the opponent’s defense, but 90 minutes were not enough for Vitor Pereira’s wards to send the ball into the net at least once. Nevertheless, the score 0: 0 after the first meeting is not the worst result, but today the Eagles will only be satisfied with the victory, otherwise the rival will be in the semifinals.
The main task for the Hulk and company will be to solve the problem of breaking into defensive redoubts. The team struck 17 shots towards the goal of their counterpart (“Shenhua” had only 3 of them), but only 4 of them flew into the goal (0 for the opponent). Will the attack fix?
“Shanghai Shenhua” , perhaps, was able to squeeze the maximum out of itself. The most important task for these guys was to leave their possessions intact, which they with a creak, but still coped with.
However, today it will be even harder to hold out, because the favorite will again have to surprise with something, and the Eagles will surely draw the right conclusions based on the results of an unsuccessful match. And here everything will depend on the coaching staff headed by Choi Gan Hee, but there will definitely not be any cardinal changes in tactics. The “blue devils” will have to score if they want to advance to the next round, or endure up to a penalty shootout, but twice in a row to dry such an opponent alone is a very difficult task.
Shanghai Shenhua has not won head-to-head matches since November 2017 (five defeats and a draw);
The hosts’ dry streak is 227 minutes, in the last four rounds they have distinguished themselves only twice.
07/06/19 Shanghai SIPG Shanghai shenhua 3: 1
03/01/19 Shanghai shenhua Shanghai SIPG 0: 4
08/11/18 Shanghai SIPG Shanghai shenhua 20
03/10/18 Shanghai shenhua Shanghai SIPG 0: 2
11/26/17 Shanghai SIPG Shanghai shenhua 3: 2
The fact that there is still intrigue after the first part of the confrontation is already good, but you should not expect a sensation at the end of the second match. The favorite’s squad is stronger, more experienced, the players at the crucial moment do not flinch psychologically, and on the opponent’s field, “Shenhua” has historically played not very convincingly: one victory, two draws and five defeats. So it’s not without problems, but the Eagles will take their toll and go to the semifinals.
Our prediction is the victory of “Shanghai SIPG” with a handicap (-1) with a coefficient of 1.85 from BC Winline.