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Upset time? CFA Cup resumes today

While the Chinese Super League doesn’t begin until this weekend, those looking to satisfy their football craving now that the World Cup is over can revel in another cup competition, the Chinese FA Cup. The third round begins continues today with a full slate of matches. With a change to the format this season seeing the higher ranked side travel to the lower ranked one, a number of CSL clubs find themselves in unfamiliar locales. The change led to a number of China League sides getting knocked off in the previous round, will we see a cinderella semi-pro or Yi league side take down a CSL side?

Guangzhou R&F already got things started on the right foot for CSL sides, defeating Guizhou Zhicheng 3-1 over the weekend. Today sees nine matches being played:

Shenyang Zhongze v. Beijing Guoan
Qingdao Hainiu v. Tianjin Teda
Yanbian FC v. Dalian Aerbin
Chongqing Lifan v. Shanghai Shenhua
Meizhou v. Shanghai Shenxin
Guangzhou Sunray Cave v. Guangzhou Evergrande
Hunan Billows v. Jiangsu Sainty
B.I.T v. Hangzhou Greentown
Tianjin Songjiang v. Guizhou Renhe
Shenzhen Ruby v. Shandong Luneng

There are sure to be some surprises among these matches, with the Hunan-Jiangsu, B.I.T-Hangzhou, and Chongqing-Shanghai standing out as possible places to look for some upsets to CSL clubs.

Another five matches tomorrow further minimizes the footie withdrawals, with arguably even more chances for upset as lower league sides take on some weaker CSL sides:
Qingdao Jonoon v. Changchun Yatai
Suzhou v. Liaoning Whowin
Lijiang v. Harbin Yiteng
Wuhan Hongxing v. Shanghai East Asia
Hangzhou Zhipu v. Henan Construction

Here’s hoping for some exciting matches.

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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