The Chinese Super League is back in action with an exciting fixture this weekend as two of the best teams in Group A of the league lock horns at the Tianhe Stadium. Guangzhou Evergrande and Shandong Luneng have put in some excellent performances so far this season and will be gunning for a victory on Sunday.
Guangzhou Evergrande are currently at the top of the Chinese Super League table and have used their extraordinary squad depth to build an impressive unbeaten streak. The away side picked up a 2-0 victory against Shenzhen FC earlier this week and is the favourite to win this game.
Shandong Luneng are perfectly capable of causing an upset against Guangzhou Evergrande but are not in the best shape at the moment. The third-placed side has picked up only one point in its last three games and is in desperate need of a victory.
Shandong Luneng vs Guangzhou Evergrande Head-to-Head
Guangzhou Evergrande have a massive historical advantage in this fixture and have won 12 games out of a total of 23 matches played between the two sides. Shandong Luneng have won only two games and will want to improve their record against Guangzhou Evergrande.
Shandong Luneng won the previous game played between these two sides and can take heart from the fact that they did not concede a goal to Guangzhou Evergrande's star-studded attack. Guo Tianye scored the only goal of the game on the day and will hope to replicate his heroics this weekend.
Shandong Luneng form guide in the Chinese Super League: D-L-L-W-W
Guangzhou Evergrande form guide in the Chinese Super League: W-W-W-D-W
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Shandong Luneng vs Guangzhou Evergrande Team News
Shandong Luneng have a powerful squad at their disposal but will be unable to field Hao Junmin and Dai Lin in this game. Brazilian midfielder Leonardo is not available for this fixture.
Injured: Hao Junmin
Doubtful: Dai Lin
Not Available: Leonardo
Wei Shihao and Liao Lisheng have picked up niggles over the past few fixtures and may not play a role in this game. The away side has a powerful squad and should be able to manage a victory in this game.
Doubtful: Wei Shihao, Liao Lisheng
Shandong Luneng vs Guangzhou Evergrande Predicted XI
Shandong Luneng Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Rongze Han; Song Long, Tamas Kadar, Liu Junshuai, Wang Tong; Marouane Fellaini; Wu Xinghan, Duan Liuyu, Jin Jingdao, Moises; Graziano Pelle
Guangzhou Evergrande Predicted XI (4-1-3-2): Liu Dianzuo; Zhang Linpeng, Mei Fang, Ji-Su Park, Gao Zhunyi; Zou Zheng; Xu Xin, Paulinho, Ai Kesen; Talisca, Fernandinho
Shandong Luneng vs Guangzhou Evergrande Prediction
Guangzhou Evergrande have a powerful and well-balanced side and should be able to win this game. The likes of Paulinho and Talisca have been in excellent form and will look to lead their side to victory yet again on Sunday.
Shandong Luneng have Marouane Fellaini in their side and the Belgian midfielder can help the home side dominate the middle of the pitch. Guangzhou Evergrande have plenty of firepower, however, and are the favourites to win this game.
Prediction: Shandong Luneng 1-2 Guangzhou Evergrande
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