Chinese Super League Predictions and Best Bets – September 11, 2020

| September 9, 2020 8:55 am PDT

The Chinese Super League dishes up a couple of mid-table battles for us to enjoy in Group B on Friday. Wuhan Zall and Hebei China Fortune will both be looking to cement their place in the top four, with Shijiazhuang Ever Bright and Chongqing Lifan aiming to keep pace.

This is what the Chinese Super League schedule looks like for September 11.

  • Chongqing Lifan vs. Hebei China Fortune
  • Shijiazhuang Ever Bright vs. Wuhan Zall

Fourth-place Hebei currently sits five points ahead of Chongqing in sixth, although both sides head into Matchday 10 on the back of victories. The gap between third-place Wuhan and fifth-place Shijiazhuang is only three points, with both teams enjoying three-game unbeaten runs.

It seems pretty difficult to foresee the outcome of Friday’s matchups, but I will certainly try my best. Keep reading to see my predictions for both Chinese Super League games taking place on September 11. Also, stay tuned for my take on Friday’s best value CSL bets at the end of this post.

Hebei China Fortune to Beat Chongqing Lifan

On Saturday, Hebei became the first team to beat Shanghai SIPG this season. The Group B leader has looked almost unstoppable in 2020, but Xie Feng’s men were able to snatch goals at the end of each half to secure a famous victory over the Red Eagles.

It’s fair to say that Hebei struggled to get going at the start of the campaign, with the Langfang club failing to win any of their first four outings this term. However, the team has turned things right around in recent weeks, winning four of their previous games.

Not only have Feng’s men kept two clean sheets in under three weeks, but they have also been scoring goals for fun. Indeed, Hebei has averaged two goals per game across their last five encounters, so it’s difficult to imagine anyone stopping their hot streak at the moment.

Having said that, Chongqing will be confident of ending Hebei’s run. Chang Woe-ryong’s side was without a win before Matchday 6, although three draws prior to that saw the team gain a reputation as one of the toughest sides in the division.

Despite recent heavy defeats to SIPG (3-0) and Beijing Guoan (5-2), Chongqing has won two of their previous four games. Yes, those victories came against some of the weaker teams in Group B. But I still think the club has plenty of reasons for optimism.

I’ve been impressed with the way that Chongqing has ground out results this season, but I’m backing in-form Hebei to clinch their fifth win in six games on Friday.

Shijiazhuang Ever Bright and Wuhan Zall to Draw

Interestingly, both these teams have almost identical scoring records this term. Both sides have netted 15 goals, while Shijiazhuang has conceded just one goal more than Wuhan. However, Jose Manuel Gonzalez Lopez’s men find themselves three points ahead of Shijiazhuang.

Considering that Shijiazhuang was only promoted from the second tier last year, I believe Afshin Ghotbi must be given huge credit for helping his side to adapt to life in China’s top division so seamlessly. In fact, it feels like the experienced manager has taken the club to another level.

Shijiazhuang is only one point shy of the top four and comes into this game on the back of successive victories over Hebei and Qingdao Huanghai. Looking at the bigger picture, Ghotbi’s team has only lost one of their previous six outings, so it’s hardly surprising that Shijiazhuang is in such a strong position.

Still, Shijiazhuang is likely to struggle to notch up three consecutive wins against a Wuhan team that is also in eye-catching form. One defeat in five games has seen the Han Army cement third place in Group B, and the club is now just two points behind second-place Beijing.

Wuhan was able to close the gap on the Imperial Guards by sealing an impressive comeback draw against them last time out. Jose’s men were 2-0 down against Beijing with less than 30 minutes remaining, but goals from Leo Baptistao and Jean Evrard Kouassi saw Wuhan claim a precious point.

At the end of the day, both these sides are unbeaten in their previous three games. Wuhan is the bookies’ favorite to win this one, but I think Shijiazhuang is more than capable of stealing a draw.

Betting Picks for Friday, September 11

Let’s get stuck into my Chinese Super League picks for Friday, September 11. Remember to shop around and get the best odds.

  • Chongqing Lifan vs. Hebei China Fortune – Over 2.5 Goals (1.80)

Hebei (1.91) is the favorite to win this game, and I think the price for the away victory is pretty attractive here. However, Chongqing (3.40) has picked up a couple of important wins in recent weeks, so I’m not sure that backing Hebei is the most sensible idea.

Given that these two teams have been involved in loads of high-scoring games this season, I recommend going with the over 2.5 goals market. Seven of Hebei’s nine games this year have produced over 2.5 goals, while each of Chongqing’s previous three encounters have seen at least three goals scored.

  • Shijiazhuang Ever Bright vs. Wuhan Zall – Both Teams to Score (1.70)

Although the bookies are offering a tasty price for the draw (3.30) here, putting money on this game to end level is a risk. After all, Wuhan (2.30) has only drawn one of their nine Super League games in 2020, and that only happened on Sunday.

After taking everything into consideration, I’m backing both teams to score in this game. Both sides are unbeaten in their last three games, but they have both managed to keep just one clean sheet during that time. Shijiazhuang (2.80) has been on the rise lately, but Ghotbi’s men have still been conceding plenty of goals.

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

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