Hebei FC will trade tackles with Wuhan FC in their opening game of Group B in the 2021 Chinese Super League.
The two teams will be looking to secure all three points to put themselves in good standing for the rest of the new campaign.
The hosts finished in eighth spot last season, while Wuhan FC finished 15th but narrowly retained their spot in the top-flight. They did so by winning a relegation playoff fixture against Zhejiang Energy Greentown.
Hebei FC vs Wuhan FC Head-to-Head
This will be the 10th fixture between the sides and there is nothing to separate the sides' head-to-head record.
The two teams have four wins apiece, while one previous game ended in a share of the spoils. This happened to be in their most recent meeting when a goalless draw ensured that the two sides could not be separated on 17 October 2020.
This will be Hebei's first fixture since losing 5-1 on aggregate to Shanghai Shenhua in the seventh-eighth place playoff in November 2020.
Wuhan FC suffered a 6-0 aggregate defeat to Shandong Taishan in the semifinals of the Chinese FA Cup in December 2020.
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Hebei FC vs Wuhan FC Team News
The hosts have no known injury or suspension concerns. Former Shenzhen FC midfielder Ole Selnaes could be in line for a debut with his new side.
The visitors have no known injury or suspension worries. Manager Li Xiaopeng could hand a debut to new arrival Yoann Arquin.
Hebei FC vs Wuhan FC Predicted XI
Hebei FC Predicted XI (4-3-3): Chi Wenyi (GK); Zhang Junzhe, Samir Memisevic, Chen Yunhua, Chico Chen; Paulinho, Zhang Chengdong, Gong Quile; Marcao, Gao Huaze, Zhang Yu
Wuhan FC Predicted XI (4-4-2): Wang Zhifeng (GK): Zhao Honglue, Li Chao, Liu Shangkun, Ming Tian; Yao Hanlin, Li Yang, Stephane Mbia, Liu Zhenhong, Tian Yinong; Jean Evrard Kouassi, Yoann Arquin
Hebei FC vs Wuhan FC Prediction
The hosts are heavy favorites in this game and the absence of key men Leo Baptistao and Rafael Silva robs Wuhan FC off some ferrocity in attack.
Hebei FC have more established players that can make a difference and we are predicting a victory for the home side in an entertaining goalfest.
Prediction: Hebei FC 3-1 Wuhan FC