May 11, 2021

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Previews and predictions – Wild East Football

The Chinese Super League is back today with all 16 league teams in operation this week. The tournament is kicking off with vitality, with highlights including the Guangzhou City Derby between Guangzhou and Guangzhou and the Classic China Derby between Shanghai Shenhua and Beijing Guan.

The first week should give us a good idea of ​​how the rest of the season will go and how some teams will deal without major players currently stuck in Brazil and unable to enter the country.

Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic vs Shandong Taishan

Tuesday 20The tenth April

Guangzhou City University Sports Center Stadium, Guangzhou

Chongqing Liangjiang Athletic had a good season last year but lost a number of important players in his off-season and is likely to lose to the strong and experienced Shandong Taishan team.

Shandong will miss Brazil’s Roger Geddes and Moise, both of whom are stuck in Brazil due to Covid restrictions. But she managed to bring Brazilian striker Leonardo from Urawa Red Diamonds as a late substitute for Geddes.

Leonardo must provide a viable focal point for Shandong in advance. But the match is likely to be won in midfield, as Shandong should have a dominant duo in former Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini and the 2020 K League 1 MVP Son Jun-ho.

One to watch Son Jun-ho – An excellent midfielder who can dismantle attacks and create chances.

prediction – Taishan 2-0 win, overtaking Chongqing in the middle of the park.

Guangzhou, in Guangzhou

Tuesday 20The tenth April

Tianhe Stadium, Guangzhou

The Guangzhou teams will be the only CSL teams with a home advantage in the first 14th round of this year’s competition. Guangzhou will be looking to capitalize on their home advantage in their opening game, as they play in their regular home court against local rivals Guangzhou City.

City is expected to give up the aggressive football style they have been associated with over the past few years. He played a more conservative football brand under new manager Jean-Paul Van Gasteil. This may pay off throughout the season, but one of the best CSL teams will likely overtake them against Guangzhou.

One to watch Wei Shihao – With the Brazilians now excluding Talisca and Paulinho from China, the talented playmaker should have more playing time and a real chance to shine.

prediction Guangzhou defeats City 3-0.

Qingdao against Cangzhou Mighty Lions

Wed 21Street April

Yuexiushan Stadium, Guangzhou

Two hugely contrasting off-season teams meet at one of the most historic stadiums in China in what should be one of the most interesting matches in the first week. Both sides were somewhat poor last year but Cangzhou underwent a large-scale reconstruction of their lineup after moving from Shijiazhuang, while Qingdao was relatively inactive in the transfer market.

Cangzhou’s off-season investment should make the difference on Tuesday. Their team now includes a number of players who regularly participated in the Jiangsu campaign that won the title last year. And they should now have sufficient quality to be able to comfortably conquer the likes of Qingdao.

One to watch – Adama Diomande – The Norwegian striker was Cangzhou’s biggest signature this winter and he will need to find the net regularly in this genre.

prediction Cangzhou 2-0 win as the mighty lions made a tumultuous start.

Henan Songshan Longmen vs Shenzhen

Wed 21Street April

Huadu Stadium, Guangzhou

Two teams expected to show a much better showing in 2021 are meeting in what promises to be one of the most competitive rounds of the matches. This will see a meeting between two of the league’s top foreign coaches, Jordi Cruyff and Javier Perria.

Henan will be better in defense this year. With Bosnian Tony Sunjic now at the club on a long-term basis and young fighter-back Delmurat Mulaniaas who signed from Chongqing this winter. But it will be a real test for them to see if they can hold off Shenzhen, given the amount of foreign attacking talent that Guangdong has brought in this off-season.

One to watch Wu Yan – an excellent goalkeeper and one of the most goalkeepers in China, he will probably be at his best so Henan can get something out of the game.

prediction 0-0 Henan withstood the storm against the Shenzhen attack, which has yet to materialize.

Dalian Pro vs Changchun Yatai

Thursday 22Second abbreviation April

Stadium of Jiangin Sports Center, Suzhou

Changchun Yatai returns to the Chinese Super League after a two-year vacation and will be looking to drop the mark in their opening match against Dalian Pro.

Dalian Pro has not invested heavily in improving his team this winter after the disappointing 2020 year and could come under fire by Changchun’s team that brought in a group of talented foreign strikers in the off-season.

One to watch Junior Negrao – One of East Asia’s most prolific goalscorers in recent years, the new Negrao will be looking to hit the ground against Dalian Bro.

prediction 3-1 to Changchun as they carry their momentum from last year to the new season.

Tianjin Jinmen Tiger vs Shanghai Port

Thursday 22Second abbreviation April

Kunshan Sports Center Stadium, Suzhou

Tianjin Tiger will play Shanghai Port on Thursday in what is likely to be one of the biggest mismatches this season.

Tainjin struggled in 2020 and then left a large portion of his crew off-season as a result of the financial troubles plaguing the club this winter. In their opening game against Shanghai Port, they have a bone team that is seen as possibly the worst CSL has seen since its debut.

How exactly Tianjin will shuffle his limited set of cards in Thursday’s match is anyone’s guess. But regardless of their ranking, they will be subject to heavy shooting by one of the best teams in the league.

One to watch Aaron Mooy – The Australian hit a surprising hat-trick in pre-season and should be able to make a dominant show against Tiger.

prediction – 5-0 port operation riot in what is likely the first of many defeats for Tiger.

Hebei against Wuhan

Friday 23Research and development April

Suzhou Sports Center Stadium, Suzhou

Two equal teams meet in the opening match on Friday. Wuhan narrowly avoided relegation last year, but it should be a much better team this time with Li Xiaopeng at the head. But whether they get good enough to win their opening match remains to be seen.

Hebe has retreated somewhat since last year and their attack would not be the same without Ricardo Goulart, but Wuhan also has problems up front with Brazilians Rafael Silva and Liu Baptistao currently unable to enter China.

Ultimately, we can see both sides cancel each other out as they struggle to adapt to having limited attack options.

One to watch Markaw – If Hebei can get him into the game, Wuhan might be in trouble.

prediction A 0-0 draw with neither side doing enough to break the deadlock.

Shanghai Shenhua vs Beijing Guan

Friday 23Research and development April

Kunshan Sports Center Stadium, Suzhou

Two of the most famous clubs in the Chinese Super League are meeting to face one of the oldest competitions in Chinese football in Suzhou on Friday evening.

Shenhua made some decent signings during the winter, but didn’t improve enough to approach the same level as Guan. Guoan has always been one of the best teams in the league over the past few years and should be looking forward to collecting all three points in Slaven Bilic’s first competitive match.

Shinhwa must be solid in the back, and if they can hold out on the first 45 they can creep up a score.

One to watch Matte Jongjic – The Croatian center back has been one of Shinhwa’s biggest signings this season off season and will face a tough test against Joan.

prediction Guoan edged out a spooky 1-0 win.