FC Henan Jianye
12:00 GMT 15 August 2018
A few years ago, the Chinese Super League went under the radar on the world football scene but it’s becoming more well-known nowadays. One of the biggest fixtures of matchday 18 sees Henan Jianye host Guangzhou Evergrande.
Guangzhou have dominated the recent meetings between these two sides, winning all four of the last four fixtures. They narrowly beat Jianye back in March when they faced earlier in the campaign with a 1-0 victory. That was the only match out of the four where both teams failed to score as the other three games all saw goals from both sides. In this fixture last term, Guangzhou ran out 4-2 winners.
A win would be massively welcomed with the hosts currently fighting a relegation battle but they are up against one of the country’s strongest outfits. It won’t be easy for them to come away with any points.
Latest matches: FC Henan Jianye
|10.08.2018||Chin||Tianjin Teda||FC Henan Jianye||2:0||L|
|04.08.2018||Chin||Tianjin Songjiang||FC Henan Jianye||1:2||W|
|01.08.2018||Chin||FC Henan Jianye||Jiangsu Guoxin-Sainty FC||0:1||L|
|28.07.2018||Chin||Guizhou Zhicheng FC||FC Henan Jianye||1:2||W|
|22.07.2018||Chin||FC Henan Jianye||FC Shanghai Shenhua||2:2||D|
To have a real chance of challenging for the title, the visitors must take all three points on Wednesday afternoon against one of the lesser teams in the league.
Latest matches: Guangzhou Evergrande
|11.08.2018||Chin||FC Changchun Yatai||Guangzhou Evergrande||3:2||L|
|05.08.2018||Chin||Guangzhou R&F FC||Guangzhou Evergrande||2:4||W|
|02.08.2018||Chin||Tianjin Teda||Guangzhou Evergrande||0:3||W|
|29.07.2018||Chin||Guangzhou Evergrande||Chongqing Lifan||5:0||W|
|18.07.2018||Chin||Guangzhou Evergrande||Guizhou Zhicheng FC||4:0||W|
Despite being away from home, Guangzhou Evergrande are huge favourites going into the match with a much stronger selection of players and better form. It’s hard to see past a win for the away side but as we see so often in the Chinese Super League, both teams should score in the clash. Henan Jianye will be lucky to get a draw but with resolute defending, they could do just that.
15 August 2018 - 12:00 GMT
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