The pod is back to look at a couple of topsy-turvy gameweeks with drama and upsets galore in both the CSL and CFA Cup. What looked like a two-horse race now sees five teams covered by just three points in the league as we approach the mid-season break – what’s behind Beijing Guoan’s recent upswing in form, and do the struggles at Shanghai International Port Group and Guangzhou Evergrande go deeper than the absence of their key Brazilians?
There’s also a preview of some crunch AFC Champions League round-of-16 games featuring the three Chinese sides left in the competition – all looking for a diversion from some patchy domestic form – and a discussion of some of the scheduling and logistical issues blighting both the continental competition and the domestic cup, with the CFA cup quarter-finals set to kick-off during the World Cup break.
We also take in a couple of listener questions and feature our regular slots on the CFA’s punishment bingo, phenomenon of the week, and which manager might get the sack next.
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