Shanghai SIPG looking to keep pace in the Super League title race
19 June 2019, 13:25
Shanghai SIPG looking to keep pace in the Super League title race

On Saturday afternoon, Shanghai SIPG will look to keep pace with Chinese Super League leaders Beijing Guoan, as they host Beijing Renhe at the Shanghai Stadium.

The home side has enjoyed a decent campaign and are currently third in the table, trailing league leaders Beijing Guoan by five points in the race for the title. Even if they do not catch the leaders, they look likely to book their place in the AFC Champions League for next season.

However, their recent league form suggests that they can push the leaders all the way. Shanghai had recorded six straight victories until a 2-0 home defeat by title rivals Guangzhou Evergrande last time out. The defeat could prove costly in the race for the title, although the loss will be considered just a rare blip by some.

Shanghai SIPG’s title challenge has been built on a formidable recent home record, as they have won 15 of their last 17 home matches in the Chinese top-flight. They have been highly potent in attack on home soil too, scoring at least twice in 16 of their last 17 home matches.

Brazilian star Elkeson has played a key part in their attacking endeavours of late, finding the net seven times in his 13 appearances this season.

Beijing Renhe have endured a poor campaign so far in the Chinese Super League. The visitors from the capital are just two points outside the relegation zone after collecting just 11 points from their 13 league matches this season.

Their recent record is a mixed one in the Chinese Super League, but they have won just twice in their last eight outings.

Beijing’s recent poor league position is majorly influenced by the fact they have failed to win in eight away matches, suffering seven defeats in the process.

Both sides recent form suggests that the home side will record a victory. Forebet also predicts that the game will end in a high-scoring win.