Shanghai SIPG take on the visitors Kashima at “Shanghai Stadium” in the second-leg fight of the 1/8 final stage of the AFC Champions League. The match will be played in Shanghai on Wednesday, May 16th.
Shanghai SIPG look rather decent in this season. The side demonstrates solid football to the great joy of its supporters. “Red Eagles” hardly managed to win their AFC Champions League group, having picked up 11 points in six encounters conducted. The club’s offense shows suitable effectiveness in attack, having scored 10 goals while its defense makes certain mistakes resulted in six goals conceded. In the previous home tackles Shanghai SIPG have lost to Beijing Guoan 1:2, broke Beijing Renhe 1:0 and deserved 1:1 draw against Tianjin Teda.
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Meanwhile, Kashima showed unconvincing performance at the start of this season, however, the team is improving its game now, producing a powerful football. The side occupied the second place in Group H standings of the AFC Champions League, having earned nine points in six rounds played. The team looks poorly in attack, having scored only eight goals while its defense feels a bit better, but also faces difficulties which caused six goals conceded. In the latest battles conducted on the road Kashima have failed against Yokohama M. 0:3, Kawasaki Frontale 1:4 and FC Tokyo 1:2.
Kashima celebrated a confident 3:1 victory over Shanghai SIPG in the first-leg clash. The Japanese have surely gained a good handicap, but Shanghai SIPG look stronger now and they are likely to succeed at the home pitch.
Prediction for the match: Shanghai SIPG to win.