On the eve of the domestic season, the pod finally put their reputations on the line with predictions for the 2018 season – do the WEF experts see an aging Guangzhou Evergrande making it eight titles in a row, or will Shanghai International Port Group or Tianjin Quanjian crack on from 2017? There’s also a discussion of who might gatecrash the AFC Champions League race – will Beijing Guoan’s big signings all gel, and has the Wanda-fueled investment come just a little too late for Dalian to enter the race? The panel also share their thoughts on which sides might be facing relegation this year, and throw out some names for top scorer and signing of the season – bookmark this pod to see which pundits got closest come the end of the year!
We also look back at the encouraging start made by all four Chinese sides to their ACL campaigns so far, and reflect on Evergrande’s 4-1 victory over Shenhua in the curtain-raising Super Cup – this game gave us the first peek at the chaos the new U23 rules might cause, and there’s a discussion of how sides might tackle the mathematical permutations of the latest CFA regulations this year.
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