Tianjin Jinmen Tiger are set to play Hebei FC at the Jiangyin Stadium on Wednesday for their latest Chinese Super League fixture.
Tianjin Jinmen Tiger come into this game on the back of a 0-0 draw against Chen Yang's Changchun Yatai on Thursday at the Suzhou Sports Center. Changchun Yatai boasted the lion's share of possession and had more shots on target, but were unable to find the net.
Hebei FC, on the other hand, beat Jose Gonzalez's Dalian Pro 1-0 last Wednesday at the Kunshan Sports Centre Stadium. A second-half penalty from Brazilian striker Marcao ensured victory for Kim Jong-boo's Hebei FC.
Tianjin Jinmen Tiger vs Hebei FC Head-to-Head
In 10 head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Hebei FC hold the clear advantage. They have won seven games, lost two and drawn one.
The two clubs last faced each other last year in the Chinese Super League, with Hebei FC beating TianjCentermen Tiger 1-0. A late second-half goal from former Gyeongnam FC striker Marcao sealed the deal for Hebei FC.
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Hebei FC form guide in the Chinese Super League: W-D
Tianjin Jinmen Tiger vs Hebei FC Team News
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Meanwhile, Hebei FC have no known injury issues and manager Kim Jong-boo is expected to have a fully fit squad at his disposal.
Tianjin Jinmen Tiger vs Hebei FC Predicted XI
Tianjin Jinmen Tiger Predicted XI (5-4-1): Teng Shangkun, Qian Yumiao, Li Songyi, Tamas Kadar, Song Yue, Su Yuanjie, Ba Dun, Gao Jiarun, Cong Zhen, Zhou Tong, Jules Iloki
Hebei FC Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Chi Wenyi, Zhang Chengdong, Pan Ximing, Samir Memisevic, Cui Lin, Wang Qiuming, Ole Selnaes, Yin Hongbo, Paulinho, Liao Wei, Marcao
Tianjin Jinmen Tiger vs Hebei FC Prediction
Tianjin Jinmen Tiger are currently 6th in their Chinese Super League group, and are yet to win a game. It is early days though, and manager Yu Genwei will be keen to ensure that a poor start does not define their season.
Hebei FC, on the other hand, are 4th in their group. The Brazilian pair of Paulinho and Marcao will be crucial as their season progresses, while the acquisition of Norwegian midfielder Ole Selnaes on loan from Shenzhen FC could prove to be key.
Hebei FC might just edge past Tianjin Jinmen Tiger.
Prediction: Tianjin Jinmen Tiger 0-1 Hebei FC