Both teams have endured miserable campaigns so far and find themselves at the bottom of Group A in the Chinese Super League table.
Henan Jianye have struggled in its own half this season and shockingly conceded five goals against Jiangsu Suning last week. The home side are currently at the bottom of Group A and need to pull up their socks against Dalian Pro tomorrow.
While Dalian Pro has managed better recent results, the away side are also at the bottom of the table and level on points with Henan Jianye. Dalian Pro picked up a morale-boosting 1-0 victory against Shandong Luneng last week and may well hold an edge over their opponents.
Henan Jianye FC vs Dalian Pro Head-to-Head
Dalian Pro hold a spotless record against Henan Jianye and are currently unbeaten in the nine games between the two sides. Dalian Pro have managed four victories in these games and the other five have ended with level scores.
Emmanuel Boateng and Yannick Carrasco played pivotal roles for Dalian Pro in the previous meetings between the two sides and Henan Jianye suffered a 3-1 defeat as a result. The home side will have to put in a much better performance to stand a chance of winning the game tomorrow.
Henan Jianye FC form guide in the Chinese Super League: L-D-L-L-W
Dalian Pro form guide in the Chinese Super League: W-D-L-L-D
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Henan Jianye FC vs Dalian Pro Team News
Henan Jianye suffered a massive blow last month as star Cameroonian striker Christian Bassogog was hospitalised after being diagnosed with the coronavirus. Ni Yusong picked up a red card last week against Jiangsu Suning and is not available for this fixture.
Injured: Christian Bassogog
Suspended: Ni Yusong
Dalian Pro are one of the few teams in the Chinese Super League that are blessed with a fully-fit squad. Rafael Benitez's side picked up an important 1-0 victory against Shandong Luneng last week and will be looking to build a string of positive results.
Henan Jianye FC vs Dalian Pro Predicted XI
Henan Jianye Predicted XI (5-3-2): Yan Wu; Abduwali Ablet, Gu Cao, Wang Shangyuan, Hao Chen, Yang Kuo; Haiwang Song, Tim Chow, Xingyu Ma; Boxuan Song, Henrique Dourado
Dalian Pro Predicted XI (4-4-2): Zhang Chong; Sun Guowen, Marcus Danielson, Yaopeng Wang, Tong Lei; Sun Bo, Marek Hamsik, Zhao Xuri, Lin Liangming; Salomon Rondon, Sam Larsson
Henan Jianye FC vs Dalian Pro Prediction
Henan Jianye have one of the worst defences in the Chinese Super League and will have to put in the performance of the season to manage a victory in this fixture. The home side have plenty of work to do and need to plug the holes in their back-line to stand a chance against Dalian Pro tomorrow.
The likes of Salomon Rondon and Marek Hamsik may well run riot against Henan Jianye's suspect defence and will have to take the initiative at the Zhengzhou Stadium. Rafael Benitez can potentially build a winning streak with a victory tomorrow and needs to build on his side's positive turn of form.
Prediction: Henan Jianye 1-3 Dalian Pro
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