The pod returns to look back on two huge rounds at the top of the CSL, with back-to-back defeats putting Guo’an out of the title race and Shanghai International Port Group pulling ahead. With the leaders having a tricky-looking fixture run-in, the panel are split on who’s the favourite at this point – is it better to have points on the board or a softer set of fixtures?
There’s also a look at the bottom of the table, with Henan slipping into the relegation zone and Guizhou kickstarting an unlikely late push for survival. Can any of the bottom three hit a run of form and drag Shenhua or either Tianjin side into the mire?
Steve and Cam share a scouting report from their weekend trip to watch Shenhua fail to turn up at Dalian, and we wrap up with a discussion on the big punishment bingo story from last week – promising young winger Zhou Junchen banned from all football activities for a full year in response to an undefined disciplinary transgression on a trip to Thailand. Are the CFA running out of chickens to kill in order to scare the remaining monkeys? All this and more in this week’s Chinese Football Podcast.
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