Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Chinese Super League clash between Zhejiang Professional and Guangzhou City, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Meanwhile, the away side head into this one still yet to pick up a single point this term off the back of a ninth straight defeat last time out.
Zhejiang Professional saw off the threat of Dalian Pro in a routine 2-0 victory at the Mission Hills Football Base Stadium on Wednesday.
Consequently, The Green Giants have moved up into the top half of the league table but still remain a long way off current leaders Wuhan Three Towns.
Next up for them is the challenge of an opposing outfit who they have only beaten in one of the last eight meetings between the teams.
However, that solitary victory did come in the most recent encounter last month when Sunday’s hosts ended a seven-game losing streak in this fixture with a thrilling 4-2 win.
Guangzhou City came away empty-handed from their clash with Henan Songshan Longmen on Thursday which ended 2-1 in favour of the latter.
The Blue Lions remain rock-bottom in the standings and are now already seven points shy of safety after just nine rounds of matches.
Ahead of the final matchday of the first stage of the current campaign, Sunday’s visitors will be keen to get themselves up and running before the action resumes.
Zhejiang Professional Chinese Super League form:
Guangzhou City Chinese Super League form:
Following his recent return from a fairly lengthy injury layoff, Yang Yang was handed his first start of the season in the aforementioned game and he will be hopeful of getting the nod to feature right from the off once again.
Bin Gu will not take part on Sunday as he is suspended for Zhejiang Professional after receiving his marching orders in the victory over Dalian.
With three goals in his last five games for the home side, Nyasha Mushekwi has come to the fore of late and is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Zhejiang Professional possible starting lineup:
Zhao; Gao, Sun, Wang, Yue; Zhang, Andrijasevic, Liu; Ewolo, Cheng, Mushekwi
Guangzhou City possible starting lineup:
Cheng; Fan, Yi, Jiang, Huang; Cardona, Li, Zhang, Chen; Yang, Tan
We say: Zhejiang Professional 2-0 Guangzhou City
Guangzhou have been all over the place defensively so far while their attacking displays have been largely underwhelming. We are tipping Zhejiang to claim all three points at the end of the 90 minutes in this one.
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