Chinese Super League
A new player on the scene in comparison to the other major footballing leagues, the Chinese Super League is making up for lost time with some eye-watering investment. Chinese clubs are chucking money around like there is no tomorrow and it's allowed them to attract some big names both in terms of players and managers to the league. With an increasing standard and coverage of games now live on Sky Sports, UK-based football fans now have another domestic league on their radar when betting on football. With the league running between March and November, it also provides a host of action over the barren summer months in Europe. Check out FREEbets.org.uk for all the latest free bets, betting offers and odds enhancements related to the Chinese Super League.
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Chinese Football Betting Markets
When it comes to placing your bet on the Chinese Super League, you may actually be surprised by the vast amount of options you can bet on.With Sky Sports now having broadcasting rights, you can watch the games unfold so the option of in-Play betting becomes even more enticing. It's much like any of the other big leagues and pretty much of all of the bookies' will offer odds on the games. With 240 games taking place over the season, there are markets on offer related to each game as well punters being able to bet on:
- League Winner
- Top Goalscorer
- Top 3 Finish
- To finish in the top half
- Bottom 2 finish
Betting on The Chinese Super League
There has been a dominant force in Chinese football since the launch of the CSL and that side is Guangzhou Evergrande. Based in the southern city of Guangzhou, the Tigers have won the league in each of the last six seasons and are always worth putting in your betslip. Shanghai SIPG have gone close in recent seasons and after some heavy investment and the appointment of former Spurs and Chelsea manager Andre-Villas Boas, they will look to end the dominance of Guangzhou Evergrande. With crazy levels of spending by Chinese teams in recent years, the standard of the league is sure to improve with the influx of better players. Carlos Tevez's arrival should ensure that Shanghai Shenhua's fortunes improve so they could become a force to be reckoned with in the coming years but the same can really be said of any of the big spending teams. Keep an eye on all the latest big money moves in China, so you know exactly who's best equipped to challenge for the title.
Tell me a bit more about the Chinese Super League
The subject of betting related to the Chinese Super League is actually a bit of a sore one. When the league was founded in 2004, the inaugural season was dogged by controversies largely related to match fixing and other gambling related issues. These issues had huge detrimental effects on the league, resulting in a drop in attendances with many of the clubs suffering from financial difficulties as a consequence. However the governing bodies have slowly but surely got their act together in recent years and large-scale investments in clubs across the country has led to a far more favourable view of Chinese football.
It was in 2010 there was another corruption when high profile figures were jailed but the following year saw the first real influx of the big names. The likes of Nicolas Anelka and Didier Drogba arrived to bolster the playing staff whilst Italy's World Cup winning manager of 2006 Marcello Lippi arrived to take over at Guangzhou Evergrande. It was in 2016 however that things began to get really interesting, Jiangsu Suning broke their transfer record twice in the same month to sign Brazilian duo Ramires and Alex Texeira from Chelsea and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively. Colombian striker Jackson Martinez signed for Guangzhou Evergrande in the same month in another big money move and those deals were followed up by an even bigger spending spree by Chinese clubs in the 2017 window. A huge £325 million was spent on the likes of Carlos Tevez, Axel Witsel and Chelsea midfielder Oscar, who cost a reported £60 million on his own. Carlos Tevez's move to Shanghai Shenhua was also big news with some reports suggesting it made him the World's highest paid player with an annual salary of a staggering £31 million.
The clubs of the Chinese Super League are not messing around when it comes to transfers and in every transfer window more and more high profile names are linked with making the move to the Far East. They are showing that with their financial power, they have what it takes to outspend the top European clubs, so the Champions League hierarchy should perhaps be a little concerned that they may be set to lose some of their star men.
Current Chinese Super League Clubs
Below are the current 16 teams that ply their trade in the league as well as some of the key names at the club, you may well have heard of.
- Guangzhou Evergrande - Jackson Martinez and Zheng Zhi
- Jiangsu Suning - Ramires and Alex Teixeira
- Shanghai SIPG - Oscar and Hulk
- Shanghai Shenhua - Carlos Tevez and Fredy Guarin
- Beijinh Guo'an - Jonatahan Soriano and Renato Augusto
- Guangzhou R & F - Eran Zahavi and Renatinho
- Hebei China Fortune - Ezequiel Lavezzi and Gervinho
- Yanbian Fude
- Chongqing Lifan
- Liaoning Whowin
- Tianjin Teda - John Obi Mikel
- Changchun Yatai - Odion Ighalo
- Henan Jianye
- Shandong Luneng - Papiss Cisse and Graziano Pelle
- Tianin Quanjin - Alexandre Pato and Axel Witsel
- Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng - Nikica Jelevic and Mario Suarez
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