A new season of the Taiwan Football Premier League kicked off last weekend to join Belarus, Burundi, Nicaragua,
The action began behind closed doors to ensure the safety of players and fans but the good news is that it is being streamed around the world live on YouTube and the best sportsbooks are offering betting odds in the games.
Format of The Taiwan Football Premier League
This season is the fourth with eight teams since the league rebranded from the ashes of the old National First Division Football League.
The offseason had some intriguing developments which should make the new campaign very exciting and being able to watch the games on the Chinese Taipei Football Association’s YouTube channel for free is an added bonus.
Teams To Watch
Last season Tatung, from Taipei, won their third straight title but Taipower, from Kaohsiung, gave them a run for their money like they usually do and finished second in the standings, just three points behind them.
These two teams actually met on Sunday to kick off the season and Taipower surprised Tatung and beat them 3-2 on the road. There were 18 goals between the four games on opening weekend and we are in for a wild ride in the next few months.
Tatung are going into the season with little uncertainty after losing key players like league MVP Marc Fenelus and star defender Chen Wei-chuan, who both signed with Taiwan Steel, the team that many like to stop Tatung’s run at the top.
The Tainan-based team finished fourth last season, 19 points behind the champions but they have a much-improved roster and they started the season strong with a comfortable 4-2 win against Ming Chuan University.
Players To Watch
Keep an eye on last year’s top scorer Benchy
Tatung retained their other strikers but losing Fenelus is a tough blow. He already paid dividends for Taiwan Steel as he also scored in the season opener.
Angel Samuel Kouamé scored 20 goals for Tatung last year and Omar Dogan (14 goals) will be asked to carry the load on offense and fill Fenelus’ void.
As you can see, many strikers were on the move often in the offseason. The other big move was South Korean Joo Ik-Seong, who scored 20 goals last season, going from Hang Yuan to Taichung Futuro. This team also signed former Taiwan national team coach Toshiaki Imai. He signed seven Japanese players
Teams To Fade
Hang Yuen, the first Taiwanese team to play the AFC Cup, lost
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