Taipei Tatung vs. Hang Yuen Betting Preview – Taiwan Premier League, May 10
It was always going to be harder for Tatung to dominate the Taiwan Premier League this year, but so far, the defeat on the opening day to traditional rivals Taipower has been the only real negative.
This weekend, the reigning champion takes on a Hang Yuen side that has dismissed pre-season talk of its inability to challenge this year, having dropped just two points so far.
Read on for the odds and my Taipei Tatung vs. Hang Yuen prediction and betting pick.
Taipei Tatung vs. Hang Yuen Odds
Tatung is odds on to win this game at home with BetOnline, but I feel that the price reflects unfairly on Hang Yuen and how it has performed already this season. After losing a number of top players, the club from New Taipei has surprised many and will go into this game with the belief that it can take away at least a point.
When Tatung lost Marc Fenelus during the offseason, there were many that predicted the downfall of the perennial Taiwanese champions. But, if anything, the attacking players left behind have been given more room to shine and have not let down the side in the opening weeks.
Angel Samuel Kouame has been the main source of goals so far and has scored eight in the first four games. The Hang Yuen defense will be more difficult to break than some opponents he has faced so far, but he will undoubtedly be the main threat up front for the hosts.
Hang Yuen has lost two very good strikers of its own since the end of last season, of course. Benchy Estama and Joo Ik-seong left for Taiwan Steel and Taichung respectively, but the remaining players have done a very good job of putting Hang Yuen in contention this year.
Those star strikers were not really replaced, but the defense was strengthened, and it has shown. Hang Yuen has the best record in the league, conceding just one goal in the first four games. If anyone can slow down Angel Samuel Kouame’s goal tally, then it would seem to be this weekend’s opponents.
Taipei Tatung vs. Hang Yuen Prediction and Pick
This looks as though it will be a battle between the Tatung attackers and the Hang Yuen defense. There is plenty more talent spread around the two sides, but if the visitors can contain their host’s play, then this might turn out to be a very entertaining — albeit low-scoring — draw.
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