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Two-Horse Race at the Top and Zhou Junchen’s Extreme Punishment: The Chinese Football Podcast

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.

The Chinese Football Podcast is hosted by Wild East Football’s Steve Crooks, joined by Chinese football experts Brandon Chemers in Beijing and Cameron Wilson in Shanghai.

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Steve hosts the Chinese Football Podcast, having joined the WEF team as correspondent for Shanghai Shenhua, the side he has followed since moving to Shanghai in 2010. Exiled from the Victorian town-centre idyll of Feethams along with his childhood football team, Steve spent many an (un)happy year on Hongkou's North Terrace along with the Shenhua Element Crew and Blue Devils before relocating to Sydney from where he continues to follow the Chinese game from afar.

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