Sydney FC faces Shanghai SIPG in round 1 of the Asian AFC Champions League. The match will be played on Thursday, November 19th at Khalifa International Stadium (Doha)
One might say that FC Sydney became the champion of Australia ahead of schedule, but the format of the tournament implies playoff games, so the team slowed at the end of the championship, thus deciding to prepare for the matches for the champion’s title. Therefore, it is not worth paying attention to the recent unsuccessful games of the Australians. They will not be the hosts in this game because the match will take place in Doha. The last official meeting was played at the end of August.
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Shanghai SIPG recently ended the fight for the title of the champion of China, but its results were unsuccessful. The team consistently won during the entire championship, but the format of the tournament is similar to the Australian one - the teams had to play playoff matches, and the fortune could smile at anyone. In those games, Shanghai did not show itself very well, celebrating its last victory at the end of September.
The teams have already met twice in the last Asian Champions League, and both matches ended in battling draws. The Chinese team has not won for a very long time, namely, in seven matches. It has scored very little but conceded in almost every game. Yes, it had more playing practice, but the season was quite difficult, as the matches were going one after another. Therefore, the players got tired physically and mentally. It is difficult to single out a favorite in the upcoming meeting. Sydney rested a lot and managed to get hungry for football. We think the nominal hosts will manage to gain at least a draw.
Prediction for the match: Sydney FC to win with +0.5 handicap