Shanghai Shenhua are set to play Shandong Luneng at the Dalian Sports Center Stadium on Wednesday in their next Chinese Super League (CSL) fixture.
Shanghai Shenhua come into this game on the back of a 0-0 draw against Shenzhen FC on Friday at the Dalian Pro Soccer Academy Base. Shenzhen FC had John Mary sent off late in the second half.
Shandong Luneng, on the other hand, lost 1-0 to Jiangsu Suning on Thursday. A strike from Italy international and former Inter Milan forward Eder secured the points for Cosmin Olaroiu's side.
Shanghai Shenhua vs Shandong Luneng Head-to-Head
In 27 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Shandong Luneng hold the clear advantage. They have won 12 games, lost eight and drawn seven.
Their most recent match ended in a 1-0 win for Shanghai Shenhua, courtesy of a late goal from Kim Shin-wook.
Shanghai Shenhua form guide in the Chinese Premier League: W-L-D-L-D
Shandong Luneng form guide in the Chinese Premier League: W-W-W-L-L
Shanghai Shenhua vs Shandong Luneng Team News
Shanghai Shenhua have no known injury concerns, and manager Choi Kang-hee is expected to have a full squad at his disposal.
Similarly, Shandong Luneng have no injury absentees or suspension issues.
Shanghai Shenhua vs Shandong Luneng Predicted XI
Shanghai Shenhua Predicted XI (4-4-2): Zeng Cheng, Zhao Mingjian, Feng Xiaoting, Stephane Mbia, Wen Jiabao, Zhang Lu, Alexander N'Doumbou, Peng Xinli, Cao Yunding, Zhu Baojie, Giovanni Moreno
Shandong Luneng Predicted XI (4-3-3): Han Rongze, Wang Tong, Moises Magalhaes, Tamas Kadar, Zheng Zheng, Hao Junmin, Marouane Fellaini, Duan Liuyu, Jin Jingdao, Graziano Pelle, Wu Xinghan
Shanghai Shenhua vs Shandong Luneng Prediction
Shanghai Shenhua have not been in good form recently, and have won only one of their last five CSL games. Manager Choi Kang-hee will hope that captain and Colombia international Giovanni Moreno can make the difference, while Peng Xinli and Cao Yunding will have to bet at their best.
Shandong Luneng, on the other hand, have lost their last two games. Much will depend on the likes of former Manchester United midfielder and Belgium international Marouane Fellaini, as well as Italy international Graziano Pelle to provide the necessary firepower upfront. A draw seems the most likely outcome.
Prediction: Shanghai Shenhua 1-1 Shandong Luneng
Published 07 Sep 2020, 16:05 IST