In the midst of a fragmentary run, Wuhan Zall face off against bottom-dwellers Tianjin Teda on August 26 at the Kunshan Stadium.
Despite sitting third on the table, Wuhan Zall have a lot to be worried about as far as their start is concerned. Three wins and as many losses have marked a patchy season thus far, with the 3-1 loss to Hebei CFFC proving to be a real sucker punch.
Wuhan were grinding out narrow victories in their matches but the seven goals they have already conceded makes for grim reading, especially for a team contesting with the pacesetters.
At times, Wuhan have been shorn of ideas down the firing end of the pitch. They have had large periods of lacklustre attacking, where an end product has significantly been missing.
Tianjin Teda, on the contrary, have arguably been the worst outfit in the Chinese Super League. Five losses and a draw have buried them to the bottom of the table, with a victory appearing like a far-fetched dream at present.
They, however, did emerge victorious the last time these two sides met, running away as 2-1 winners on the day.
This stands as a must-win encounter for both sides, and on that note, we break down everything you need to know ahead of Wuhan Zall's crucial game against Tianjin Teda.
Wuhan Zall vs Tianjin Teda: Head-to-head
Wuhan Zall wins: 1
Tianjin Teda wins: 2
Wuhan Zall vs Tianjin Teda: Form Guide
Last five matches (Chinese Super League)
Wuhan Zall: L-W-L-W-L
Tianjin Teda: L-L-L-L-D
Wuhan Zall vs Tianjin Teda: Team News
Wuhan Zall continue to march on without Rafael Silva. Whether they play two men against Tianjin's three or five at the back remains to be seen. Otherwise, they have no fresh injury concerns, with Jean Evrard Kouassi also poised for a return.
Injuries: Rafael da Silva
Until a week back, Tianjin Teda were battling without Johnathan Aparecido da Silva. Just as he is set to return to the setup, fellow striker Frank Acheampong has endured an injury. Lei Tenglong remains a long-term casualty.
Injured: Lei Tenglong, Frank Acheampong
Wuhan Zall vs Tianjin Teda: Probable XI
Wuhan Zall Predicted XI (4-4-2): Chunyu Dong; Chengling Zhang, Pengfei Han, Daniel Carrico, Tian Ming; Yun Liu, Hang Li, Zhiwei Song, Jinghang Hu; Jiang Zilei, Leo Baptistao
Tianjin Teda Predicted XI (4-3-3): Du Jia; Rong Hao, Liu Yang, Felix Bastians, Bai Yuefeng; Zheng Kaimu, Guo Hao, Zhao Yingjie; Liu Ruofan, Johnathan, Hui Jiakang
Wuhan Zall vs Tianjin Teda: Match Prediction
Both sides will try to counter each other's approach through pragmatic methods, giving us an indication that the better quality will outshine the rest. It seems like there is no way back for Tianjin Teda, and the trend could continue with Wuhan winning their fourth game of the season.
Predicted score: Wuhan Zall 1-0 Tianjin Teda
Published 25 Aug 2020, 18:42 IST