Jiangsu Suning are set to play Shanghai SIPG at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre on Thursday in their Chinese Super League semi-final first-leg.
Jiangsu Suning come into this game having defeated Chongqing Lifan 2-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals. They beat Chongqing Lifan 1-0 in the second-leg courtesy of a goal from Croatia international Ivan Santini, to ensure their progress.
Chongqing Lifan had veteran midfielder Jiang Zhe sent off in the second half.
Shanghai SIPG, on the other hand, beat Shanghai Shenhua on penalties to proceed to the semi-finals.
A goalless draw in the first leg was followed by a 1-1 draw in the second-leg, with Brazil international Hulk scoring for Shanghai SIPG and Sun Shilin equalizing late in the game for Shanghai Shenhua.
However, Shanghai SIPG triumphed on penalties, and their star-studded squad will now get ready to face formidable opponents in Jiangsu Suning.
Jiangsu Suning vs Shanghai SIPG Head-to-Head
In 16 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Shanghai SIPG hold the clear advantage. They have won 10 games, lost four and drawn two.
The two clubs last faced each other last year, with Shanghai SIPG beating nine-man Jiangsu Suning 3-0. Goals from attacker Hulk, full-back Zhang Wei and former Chelsea midfielder Oscar sealed the victory for Shanghai SIPG.
Jiangsu Suning had midfielder Ye Chongqiu and winger Xie Pengfei sent off to add to their misery.
Jiangsu Suning form guide in the Chinese Super League: D-W-W-D-W
Shanghai SIPG form guide in the Chinese Super League: W-W-L-D-W
Jiangsu Suning vs Shanghai SIPG Team News
Jiangsu Suning have no known injury issues, and manager Cosmin Olaroiu is expected to have a fully-fit squad at his disposal.
Meanwhile, Shanghai SIPG could be without goalkeeper and China international Yan Junling, who is nursing an eye injury.
Doubtful: Yan Junling
Jiangsu Suning vs Shanghai SIPG Predicted XI
Jiangsu Suning Predicted XI (4-4-2): Gu Chao, Abduhamit Abdugheni, Miranda, Li Ang, Zhou Yun, Luo Jing, Wu Xi, Mubarak Wakaso, Xie Pengfei, Ivan Santini, Eder
Jiangsu Suning vs Shanghai SIPG Prediction
Jiangsu Suning have done well to reach this stage, with the likes of Ivan Santini and former Inter Milan striker Eder among the key reasons for their success. Centre-back Miranda, a Brazil international and formerly of Atletico Madrid, has also been crucial defensively.
Shanghai SIPG, on the other hand, have stars like former West Ham United forward Marko Arnautovic, Brazil international Hulk and Oscar as part of their attack. The arrival of Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy has proven to be an important addition to the midfield.
Both sides are strong, with talented managers at the helm. A draw seems to be a likely result in the first-leg.
Prediction: Jiangsu Suning 1-1 Shanghai SIPG
Published 27 Oct 2020, 16:43 IST