Wednesday 15 Aug

Henan Jianye vs Guangzhou Evergrande - Match Preview

15 Aug 2018 Ed Mackey CHINA: Chinese Super League
CHINA: Chinese Super League

FC Henan Jianye

  • D
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L


12:00 GMT
15 August 2018

Guangzhou Evergrande

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L

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.


  • After 17 games, it’s clear that Henan Jianye are struggling to compete with the bigger spenders in the division as they sit 13th in the league out of 16. They’ve had real mixed fortunes over their last five games with two wins, two losses and a draw following their 2-0 defeat to Tianjin Teda on Friday.
  • Following another summer of spending big on players, Guangzhou Evergrande are battling towards the top end of the table. They sit 4th with just 16 games under their belts and the top two sides have both played an extra match. Their record over the last five games is brilliant with four wins and just one loss. However, that loss came in their last game as they were beaten 3-2 by Changchun Yatai.
  • Former West Ham forward, Ricardo Vaz Te has been in good form for the hosts this season. With four goals, he’s joint with Christian Bassogog as his side’s top goalscorer.
  • Plenty of Brazilian players have made their mark on the Super League this term and Guangzhou have their fair share: Ricardo Goulart is their leading scorer with nine goals.


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.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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