Chinese Super League Predictions and Best Bets – September 5, 2020
Qingdao Huanghai and Shijiazhuang Ever Bright were both promoted from the second division last year, and the two sides go head-to-head in the Chinese Super League on Saturday. Group A leader Shanghai SIPG is also in action on September 5.
Here is Saturday’s Chinese Super League schedule in full.
- Hebei China Fortune vs. Shanghai SIPG
- Qingdao Huanghai vs. Shijiazhuang Ever Bright
Hebei China Fortune will be aiming to get back on track after their three-game winning streak was ended last time out. However, the visit on high-flying SIPG doesn’t exactly present Hebei with an easy opportunity to pick up three points.
Shijiazhuang sits three points ahead of Qingdao as the top-flight newcomers prepare to face off. The two teams recorded a thrilling 2-2 draw last month, but who will come out on top this time around?
You can find my predictions and betting picks for both of Saturday’s Chinese Super League games below.
Shanghai SIPG to Beat Hebei China Fortune
Can anyone stop Shanghai SIPG at the moment? The Red Eagles notched up their third straight win with a comfortable 4-1 victory over struggling Tianjin TEDA earlier in the week, meaning they are still yet to taste defeat in 2020. Six wins and two draws have put the club three points clear at the top of Group B.
Not only are Vitor Pereira’s men the joint-highest scorers in Group B, but they also boast the best defensive record in the division. Former EPL stars Marko Arnautovic (6) and Oscar (5) are leading the way in the goals department, while goalkeeper Yan Junling has only conceded six all season.
The manner with which SIPG has been dominating games recently will no doubt worry Hebei. The Pudong outfit has scored at least two goals in six of their eight outings this term and has netted seven in their previous two.
In all honesty, it’s difficult to know what to expect from Hebei. Xie Feng’s side failed to win any of their opening four games before claiming three consecutive victories last month. However, the team was completely outclassed by Shijiazhuang last time out.
Hebei appeared to be on course for a fourth win in a row when Ren Hang gave his side the lead on Monday. But a second-half collapse saw Hebei concede three goals, leaving the club nine points behind SIPG and only one point inside the top four.
When SIPG hosted Hebei earlier in the campaign, SIPG secured a crushing 4-0 win. I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a similar scoreline on Saturday.
Qingdao Huanghai and Shijiazhuang Ever Bright to Draw
Considering that both these teams were promoted from the second tier just last year, I believe Shijiazhuang and Qingdao can be extremely proud of their efforts so far this term. Neither side has lit up the division, but both clubs remain in contention for a top-four spot.
Qingdao’s sole victory this year came against Tianjin on Matchday 6, although four draws have kept the club away from the bottom of the table. Only two teams have taken points from SIPG in 2020, and Qingdao is one of them.
Wu Jingui’s men come into this clash on the back of a 3-0 defeat to Wuhan Zall, but I think they can count themselves pretty unlucky to have come away from that game with nothing. Qingdao registered a massive 14 shots last time out, but the team must become more ruthless in attack.
Meanwhile, Shijiazhuang claimed an impressive 3-1 victory over Hebei in their previous outing. Afshin Ghotbi’s side has only lost one of their last five games, although two draws have come during that period.
Brazilian wingers Mauriqui (4) and Matheus (2) have netted six goals between them this term, with Matheus contributing a whopping six assists. Still, the team’s overreliance on the South American duo is a slight cause for concern. If the club’s other forward players don’t start chipping in, Shijiazhuang could struggle to break into the top four.
Ultimately, this year’s newly promoted teams have relied on draws to keep them going. Both sides have drawn four of their eight games this season, so I can see the points being shared this weekend.
Chinese Super League Betting Picks for Saturday, September 5
I have scoured the odds at the top-rated online soccer betting sites to find the best value bets for Saturday’s Chinese Super League games. Here are my picks for September 5.
- Hebei China Fortune vs. Shanghai SIPG – Shanghai SIPG to Win Half Time/Full Time (2.00)
You only have to look at the odds for the outright markets to get a sense of the gulf in quality between these two sides. The bookies aren’t giving Hebei (6.50) much of a chance to win this game, with SIPG (1.36) the obvious favorite. However, if you’re looking for a more lucrative option, I recommend backing the away side to win both halves.
SIPG has flown out the blocks in their previous two outings, scoring two first-half goals in both games. In fact, the Red Eagles have won six of their eight games this season, and they’ve led at the break on four occasions. Hebei will be low on confidence after losing to Shijiazhuang last time out, so I’m expecting SIPG to win this one with ease.
- Qingdao Huanghai vs. Shijiazhuang Ever Bright – Under 2.5 Goals (2.10)
I don’t think going with the outright markets is the smartest idea for this matchup. The bookies clearly think that Shijiazhuang (1.91) has the upper hand, while Qingdao (3.50) is the outsider. I predicted that this game will end in a draw (3.50), but I wouldn’t like to put my money on it.
Instead, I suggest looking at the under 2.5 goals market. The price for this particular market is usually high in this game, and considering that both teams have struggled to score goals this year, I don’t think this will be a high-scoring affair.