Western Sydney vs Shanghai SIPG – Champions League
Wednesday 10th May 11:00, Campbelltown Stadium
Match Preview and Betting Tips
The group stages of the AFC Champions League come to a head tomorrow, but in Group F the two qualifying spots have already been decided.
Australia’s Western Sydney play host to Shanghai SIPG of China in the final round of group games, but the home side are playing for pride and a possible 3rd place finish, while SIPG are hoping to pinch top spot from under the nose of Urawa Reds.
The two bottom sides of the group have just 3 points from five group games so far, while the top two have acquired 12, with none of the 10 group games ending in stalemate so far.
Tomorrows hosts head into this match on the back of a heavy 6-1 defeat against the group leaders, and this will be Sydney’s first match in 2-weeks so there may well be some rustiness early on. SIPG are in good form, winning four of their last six and drawing ghe other two, putting them well ahead of their hosts in the form guide.
The way things have gone in Group F so far suggests we will see a result tomorrow night, as well as plenty of goals. My only concern is that the visitors may rest players now that they know they have qualified, so the likes of Hulk and former Chelsea midfielder Oscar might start on the bench.
I’m going to assume that wont be the case, but please check the starting line-ups before you make any bets. I’ve backed an away win with both teams to score, and for the game to feature over 3.5 goals. If the Brazilian duo of Hulk and Oscar start then they are well worth a double bet on both to score in this game, as the hosts have conceded 20 goals in the group stage so far.
Western Sydney | WDLDLL
Shanghai SIPG | DWWDWW
Western Sydney vs Shanghai SIPG Stats
When the pair met in February it was for the first time in their history, and the match did not disappoint.
Goals from Hulk and Oscar saw the Chinese hosts take a 2-0 lead, but a strike from Nichols gave the Aussie’s hope on 20 minutes to make it 2-1.
This proved to be a false dawn for the visitors as Shi Ke and Elkeson both scored within 2 minutes of each other to put Shanghai 4-1 up at the break.
The second half was a much closer affair but still yielded another goal for the home side in the 75th minute, Wu Lei getting his name on the scoreboard to wrap up a 5-1 win.
Western Sydney vs Shanghai SIPG Prediction:
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