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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 improving 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

2019 Chinese Super League

Beijing Guoan have been heavily backed for success in the Chinese Super League this season, with the likes of Renato Augusto, Cedric Bakambu and Jonathan Viera in their ranks.

The Imperial Guards haven't won the title since 2009 but they look ready to make a challenge this campaign, and the odds reflect that.

However, it is Guangzhou Evergrande who have proved the dominant force so far this season andare leading the way at the top of the table, although not by miuch.

The initial influx of foreign talent to the Chinese Super League may have slowed down from a few years ago, but there are still a host of big names playing in 2019, with Shandgong Luneng Taishan boasting Marouane Fellaini and Graziano Pelle in their ranks.

The Chinese talent is yet to really emerge ahead of the imported players, but there are a few to keep an eye on that will perform this season.

Jiangsu Suning's Xie Pengfei has been improving in recent seasons and looks to be coming into his peak at 25-years-old, while Guoan captain Yu Dabao is a very reliable performer and is bound to be amongst the goals again.

There has been a serious boost in interest in Dalian Yifang after Rafael Benitez swapped Newcastle United for a new challenge in the Chinese Super League at the start of July. The Spaniard took over a team which has Yannick Carrasco and Marek Hamsik in its starting line-up, while he has brought Salomon Rondon along with him after working with him at St James' Park. Emmanuel Boateng is also a serious force up front and a regular on the score sheet.

Benitez made a bright start, winning his first two games in charge with three goals scored in each fixture, but he was brought back down to earth with a 4-1 defeat to Guangzhou Evergrande. However, a top four finish and qualification for the Asian Champions League is not out of the question, with Rondon making an impressive impact and both Yannick Carrasco and Emmanuel and Boateng regular finding the back of the net.

Chinese Super League table - 23 September

  1. Guangzhou Evergrande 59
  2. Beijing Guoan 58
  3. Shanghai SIPG 56
  4. Shandong Luneng 41
  5. Jiangsu Suning 40
  6. Wuhan Zall 37
  7. Dalian Yifang 34
  8. Tianjin TEDA 32
  9. Henan Jianye 30
  10. Chongqing Dangdai Lifan 30
  11. Guangzhou R&F 29
  12. Hebei China Fortune 26
  13. Shanghai Shenhua 24
  14. Shenzhen F.C. 19
  15. Tianjin Tianhai 18
  16. Beijing Renhe 12

Top Goal Scorers

Israel international striker Eran Zehavi has continued his incredible scoring form since arriving at Guangzhou R&F in 2016.

He has been unerringly consistent in front of goal since arriving from Maccabi Tel Aviv and is on course to be top scorer in the league this season, comfortably out-stripping his rivals.

  • Eran Zahavi - Guangzhou R&F 26
  • Alex Teixeira - Jiangsu Suning 16
  • Paulinho - Guangzhou Evergrande 15
  • Elkeson - Guangzhou Evergrande 15
  • Graziano Pellè - Shandong Luneng 15
  • Yannick Carrasco - Dalian Yifang 14

Betting on The Chinese Super League

Guangzhou Evergrande were the dominant force in the CSL from 2011-2017, winning all seven league titles in that time and were a very safe bet for those investing in the Chinese Super League. However, the tide appears to have turned in 2018, when Shanghai SIPG broke the grip of Evergrande on the domestic title and pushed them into second place.

SIPG had fired some warning shots in recent seasons, finishing runners-up in two of the three previous campaigns, finally taking top spot in 2018. When betting on the CSL, Evergrande and SIPG remain the teams to back on a regular basis and will continue to be going forward.

The most reliable goal scorers in CSL history are all active and still banging them in to this day, and are often worth backing to find the back of the net. The league’s record scorer, Han Peng, is still going for Beijing Renhe, but his best days are behind him. The more appealing strikers are Wu Lei and Elkeson.

Wu Lei had been a reliable goal scorer in China for almost a decade and finished top scorer in the CSL in 2018 with 27 goals in 29 games for Shanghai SIPG. It was his consistency up front that went a long way to SIPG finally winning the league title. At the end of the 2018 season, his league record in China stood at 151 goals in 296 games, before his big move to Espanyol in La Liga. Wu’s ex-team mate Elkeson is still a reliable campaigner and is the third top scorer in the Super League’s history.

There are not quite the numbers of high profile managers in the CSL that there have been in recent years, but there are certainly some names you will recognise. Fabio Cannavaro is in charge of Guangzhou Evergrande, Chris Coleman manages Hebei China Fortune, Bernd Schuster is in the Dalian Yifang dugout and Jordi Cruyff is the boss at Chongqing Dangdai Lifan.

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.

2018 Chinese Super League Table

  1. Shanghai SIPG (c)
  2. Guangzhou Evergrande
  3. Shandong Luneng Taishan
  4. Beijing Sinobo Guoan
  5. Jiangsu Suning
  6. Hebei China Fortune
  7. Shanghai Greenland Shenhua
  8. Beijing Renhe
  9. Tianjin Quanjian
  10. Guangzhou R & F
  11. Dalian Yifang
  12. Henan Jianye
  13. Chongqing Dangdai Lifan
  14. Tianjin Teda
  15. Changchun Yatai (R)
  16. Guizhou Hengfeng (R)

Promoted to the 2019 Chinese Super League will be Wuhan Zall and Shenzhen FC.

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