JORDAN has one for the early risers as he makes a trip Down Under.
He says: Melbourne Victory open up their AFC Champions League campaign against Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Shanghai SIPG who are making their debut in the competition.
The Victory should take this competition seriously despite being in a tough battle for the A-League title but will host a Sydney side next up who actually play in Japan tomorrow morning against the Urawa Red Diamonds.
Shanghai haven’t started their domestic season yet and have only played one competitive fixture this year which was on February 9 in their qualifier.
They will be without their central-defensive captain but do have some good players going forward in a certain Asamoah Gyan, Chinese international Wu Lei and their off season big signing Elkeson who has scored 59 goals in 72 appearances over his last three seasons in China.
I’m fairly surprised the Victory are the underdogs here considering their experience in the competition, the fact they are at home and another interesting factor could be the artificial pitch they play on, with SIPG performing on grass in their home stadium.
Bookies usually do get prices right though and with international experience all round for the Chinese they should net here, as should the Victory. Shanghai have only kept 3 clean sheets in 14 competitive away fixtures last season and without their captain at the back I can’t see the Victory not scoring being match fit and well into their season.
AFC Champions League (8.45am)
Melbourne Victory/Shanghai SIPG BTTS & Over 2.5 Goals
(21-20, bet365) 2 points
The CONCACAF Champions League knockout stages also kick off at 1am and 3am this morning involving Mexican and USA sides. It will be interesting to see how the US sides fair considering they haven’t played a competitive fixture yet. Waiting on the team news first around midnight. Good luck if you follow.
Points Staked 92.31
Points Returned 130.31