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CSL Round 28: ACL/Relegation Watch

Liaoning fans
Liaoning fans

Liaoning fans hoping their side can hold onto their ACL position.

The Asian Champions League picture has worked its way out, right now you have five teams (Hangzhou has an outside chance, but it will be hard) battling for one position. Interestingly, among the remaining matches there is only one real “six pointer” and that is this weekend when Liaoning hosts Changchun, other than that, the sides at the bottom of the table (and Tianjin and Dalian) will play a role in deciding who moves on. It’s going to be fun as these top sides fight with the bottom sides, both with something to play for. This past week saw some “six pointers”, though, as Shandong defeated Liaoning and Qingdao beat Changchun, moving themselves into contention for that final spot. Shandong could of course still play themselves in if they can beat Tianjin in the CFA Cup Final.
ACL positioning

  1. Guangzhou (64 points)
  2. Beijing (53 points)
  3. ↔ Liaoning (44 points) Remaining matches: Changchun,@Tianjin
  4. ↔ Changchun (42 points) Remaining matches: @Liaoning, Shenzhen
  5. ↑ Jiangsu (41 points) Remaining matches: @Dalian, Nanchang
  6. ↑ Shandong (41 points) Remaining matches: @Shenzhen, Henan
  7. ↑ Qingdao (41 points) Remaining matches: @Tianjin, Shaanxi
  8. ↔ Hangzhou (38 points) Remaining matches: @Guangzhou, Dalian
  9. At the other end of the table, the picture looks like this after Chengdu and Nanchang both won over the weekend. It now looks pretty clear that Nanchang is safe, especially when looking at the remaining schedules, but anything can happen in the Chinese Super League, so it’s going to be a great finish.
    Relegation zone

    1. ↔ Nanchang (28 points) Remaining matches: Shanghai, @Jiangsu
    2. ↑ Chengdu (23 points) Remaining matches: @Henan, Guangzhou
    3. ↓ Shenzhen (23 points) Remaining matches: Shandong, @Changchun

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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