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CSL BY THE NUMBERS:ROUND 24 ATTENDANCE & ACL/RELEGATION WATCH

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Changchun gave away free shirts and saw its biggest crowd of the year, the players didn't disappoint, upsetting Guangzhou.

Another great weekend of Chinese Super League action, here are the scores and attendances from the weekend that was:

  • Chengdu 2 – 0 Shanghai, Attendance: 2,000
  • Henan 2 – 0 Nanchang, Attendance: 11,000
  • Liaoning 0 – 0 Qingdao, Attendance: 12,000
  • Shaanxi 0 – 0 Jiangsu, Attendance: 11,000
  • Shandong 0 – 0 Dalian, Attendance: 6,000
  • Tianjin 2 – 2 Hangzhou, Attendance: 27,000
  • Changchun 2 – 1 Guangzhou, Attendance: 29,000
  • Shenzhen 0 – 3 Beijing, Attendance: 24,000

So there you have it, some massive attendances for some clubs who haven’t seen numbers like that all year. When looking at the ACL positions, not much happened this week, though Liaoning is finally pushed out of the top three by charging Changchun, with Beijing picking up points as well, now the gap is even greater and with all the draws, sides are just barely hanging around the race.  There are still six games left, but with all these sides fighting for the two available spots, I think a couple of teams will start fall out of the race this weekend.  Here’s the picture going into Round 25:

ACL positioning

  1. ↔  Guangzhou (55 points)
  2. ↔ Beijing (43 points)
  3. ↑ Changchun (38 points)
  4. ↓ Liaoning (37 points)
  5. ↔ Tianjin (35 points)
  6. ↔ Jiangsu (34 points)
  7. ↔ Shandong (34 points)
  8. ↔ Hangzhou (34 points)
  9. ↔ Shaanxi (33 points)
  10. ↔ Qingdao (32 points)

At the bottom of the table, for the first time since I started the watch three rounds ago, Henan are now safe, 8 points away from a relegation position.  However, with Shanghai’s loss to Chengdu, they are teetering close at only 7 points away, and the Blades have moved themselves up to within three points of safety.  It looks like it will be a three way battle to stay alive with just promoted Chengdu hoping to stay in the top flight while Shenzhen and Nanchang hope that like last year they can keep their heads above water.

Relegation zone

  1. ↔ Dalian (26 points)
  2. ↔ Nanchang (21 points)
  3. ↔ Shenzhen (20 points)
  4. ↔ Chengdu (18 points)

Brandon Chemers aka B. Cheng aka A Modern Lei Feng – is a name which may be familiar to many in the Chinese blogosphere. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Wild East Football and is one of the lonely souls writing about Chinese football in English for the last 10 years. Chemers' credentials are second to none – his former blog focused not only on the fortunes of his beloved Beijing Guoan FC, but a multitude of other aspects of Beijing life. He’s deservedly built a reputation in the Chinese blogosphere as an insightful observer of not only Chinese football, but also the wider picture of life in modern China and its many layers. For WEF, beyond writing about Guoan, he often focuses on fan culture and the business of Chinese football.

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