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Shanghai SIPG vs Sydney FC
2019 Asian Champions League, Group stage, Matchday 4
|Venue: Shanghai Stadium|
|Shanghai SIPG||Sydney FC|
Sydney FC take on Shanghai SIPG at the Shanghai Stadium in Matchday 4 Asian Champions League action. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 9:30pm (AEST).
With 2 draws and a loss to the start their Asian Champions League campaign, Sydney FC need all three points in China tonight.
They are a realistic chance to do so, against an opponent that held them to a three-all draw in Sydney, when the visitors scored in the dying moments to steal a point.
Sydney looked the better side for much of the contest yet each time they were able to establish a lead, Shanghai pulled them back and Elkeson continued that pattern with the late equaliser in the 89th minute.
Sydney has travelled well and will offer no excuses on the road, however, the Chinese Super League champions will prove a tough ask.
Shanghai sits in third place on the ladder in their domestic competition with four wins from their first six matches. They are a powerhouse in Asian football and come into the game with a host of high-quality foreigners that will threaten the Sydney back four throughout the match.
Sydney FC have wrapped up second spot on the ladder and will be looking eagerly towards the A-League semi-finals in a few weeks time, after enjoying the luxury of a week off in the first round.
Sydney’s marquee men will once again be at the crux of any success they should happen to have in China tonight.
Milos Ninkovic, Siem de Jong and Adam le Fondre are fundamental to a successful raid to Shanghai; if achieved, it could move Sydney into an automatic qualification position with two matches still to play.
As much as Australian teams do need a few wins in Asian Champions League competition to reignite interest and belief in the quality of A-League teams, it will not be happening tonight.
Shanghai are a deep squad with talent to burn and will be disappointed with the defensive lapses that allowed Sydney to earn a point at home.
On Chinese soil, this will be a different story and the home side should cruise to a comfortable victory.
Where: Shanghai Stadium, Shanghai, China
When: Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 9:30pm (AEST)
TV: Fox Sports
Betting: Shanghai SIPG $1.40, Draw $3.00, Sydney FC $6.00
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