Guangzhou Evergrande v Chongqing – Chinese Super League
Guangzhou Evergrande have Li Xuepeng suspended after he collected a red card in the last game, but it won’t have a big effect on the home side as squad depth is deep anyway. They have to rest two of their five foreign players (Paulinho, Alan, Goulart, Hyung-Il Kim and J. Martínez). Hyung-Il Kim and Martínez are almost certain to drop out for this game once again. An easy three points will be expected as they are very confident playing at home when facing weak opponents like Chongqing. An attacking 4-2-3-1 formation should remain unchanged for this match as they are in top form and winning games on a regular basis. They’ll continue playing positively even if they get ahead as they know a one-goal buffer is unlikely to secure three points here. If they fall behind, they would definitely take more risks and throw more players up front to attack. The mood and confidence around the club is sky high after winning their last six league matches in a row and sitting on the top of the table.
Chongqing have no fresh injuries or suspensions for this game. Therefore, all their players have no issues, so key players Fernandinho and Kardec are fit to feature. Hyuri and Woo-Young Jung are the most likely foreign players to sit out this match once again. A draw would please the away side as they know Guangzhou Evergrande are simply in a different class to them. They will start with their usual 4-2-3-1 formation with a very defensive approach expected, as they know Guangzhou Evergrande are very strong at attacking. If they get the lead they will become very defensive, they will be more than happy to sit at the back and protect their single goal lead. If they fall behind, they would turn very attacking in an attempt to avoid defeat. Chongqing’s morale and confidence remains very low as they suffered another loss against Tianjin Quanjian at home, they are now five rounds without a victory and three losses in a row.
Prediction: Guangzhou Evergrande -1.75 Asian Handicap
Odds: 2.03 SBOBET
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