18+ | Commercial Content | T&Cs apply | Begambleaware.org
The newly confirmed champions face one of their strongest rivals two rounds before the end of the season. While this match is of no significant importance to Shandong Taishan, Shanghai Port still have work to do if the team wants to participate in next season's AFC Champions League.
Shandong Taishan vs Shanghai Port: Top Free Betting Tips
Shandong Taishan and Shanghai Port played two weeks ago and the previous fixture was won by the champions with 0:2. While this has been Shanghai's only loss since the restart of the season and they are a truly strong team, winning against Shandong Taishan as visitors seems impossible. But is there anything impossible in football, really?
Total Goals – Under 2.5
Predicting such a massive game at the end of a season is difficult – especially when you have two teams with incredible attacks and defenses. But the importance of this match suggests that we should see more defense and less reckless play and thus – less goals. The teams had an under 2.5 two weeks ago in the Shandong Taishan win and we expect that something similar can happen here – perhaps either – a minor win or a 1:1 draw. Yet, we do not really expect to see both teams score.
Match Result – Shandong Taishan
Shanghai Port have much more to play for and will likely be the more motivated team after the season has already ended for Shandong. Yet, this is a derby and not a random match in the league, so it does not really matter in which part of the season they play – it is always a battle and a must-win for both sides.
With that said, Shandong have been outstanding at home this season and they truly look like a team that cannot be beaten in front of their own crowd. The team won 9/10 games (the 10th being a draw) and we do not see how Shanghai would have any chances to win here. Perhaps this could end in a draw but Shandong have a long winning streak behind them and they will want to add another one to the list.
To Score in 1st Half – Shanghai Port (No)
Most goals in the Chinese Super League occur after the half time break. And in matches like this one, we do not expect much action at the start at all. It is likely that the teams will wait for their moment and the first goal might even fall in the final minutes. Of course, you never really know but we believe that Shandong will not concede a goal in the first half.
Top Betting Odds and Stats for Shandong Taishan vs Shanghai Port
Here are the top stats for the game along with a tool to help you pick the best odds.
FAQs regarding Shandong Taishan vs Shanghai Port
• How many goals have both teams scored this season?
Shandong Taishan and Shanghai Port have two of the three strongest offenses in the league. The champions scored 44 goals in 20 games while Shanghai Port have scored 39 goals in the same number of games?
• Which team has the better defense?
You can see that these two teams also have the strongest defenses in the league. Shandong Taishan have only allowed 13 goals in 20 games but Shanghai's performance is even better – 12 goals in 20 games.
• When does this game start?
This match has been scheduled for 10:00 UTC on Saturday, January 1.
Bristol RoversMemorial Stadium
Stockport CountyEdgeley Park
Maidstone UnitedGallagher Stadium