It's a matter of pride now for Beijing Renhe after a season of devastation where they failed to fully comprehend the transition from the 2nd division to the top tier in Chinese football. Renhe are relegated, well almost, with only a complex mathematical possibility keeping them alive at the moment. Even that ray of hope will die if Renhe fails to beat Guangzhou R&F in their next game, on Friday at Beijing Fengtai Stadium.
Guangzhou R&F are safe for the season but improvement is needed on the roster if the team wants to be relevant next season. Guangzhou have won just once in the last eight league games.
The Chinese Super League match will be played between Beijing Renhe FC and Guangzhou R&F at Beijing Fengtai Stadium, in Beijing, China. The ground has a capacity of 31,043.
The game will start at 01:00 PM (IST), on Friday, November 01.
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Beijing Renhe – L L L L L D
Guangzhou R&F – D D L W L L
Beijing Renhe Team News:
Center-back Zhang Chenlong, who has had an injury-plagued season, has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury. He last featured in Beijing's 2-2 draw away at Tianjin Quanjian last week. He was substituted in the 43rd minute.
The hosts remain without Rao Weihui who last played in June this year. The 30-year-old went under the knife for an ankle injury.
Zhu Baojie replaced Zhang Chenlong after the latter picked up an injury, but it's unlikely that Baojie gets the nod at left-back from the off. Nizamdin Ependi could be shoehorned as a makeshift left-back with Zhang Yuefeng starting to stock the midfield.
Guangzhou R&F Team News:
Centre-back Dusa Tsic serves the last of his three-game ban here. Jin Pengxiang and Yi Teng should partner at the back as a result.
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Mousa Dembele is back from suspension and will walk straight into the playing 11.
Beijing Renhe FC: Pengfei (GK), Nizamdin Ependi, Liu Jian, Luo Xin, Du Wenyang, Augusto Fernandez, Zhang Yufeng, Ayub Timbe Masika, Cao Yongjing, Chen Jie, Makhete Diop
Guangzhou R&F: Cheng Yuelei (GK), Tang Miao, Yi Teng, Jin Pengxiang, Ding Haifeng, LI Tixiang, Wang Peng, Dia Saba, Mousa Dembele, Ye Chugui, Eran Zahavi
Ayub Timbe Masika: Scored two goals in the last three games. One of the most in-form players in Beijing's team.
Last three matches:
Eran Zahavi: An unstoppable force in the league this season deserves a better view on the table for his alien-looking numbers. He has scored in each of the last seven league games.
BJG vs GZ Dream11 Fantasy teams:
Goalkeeper: M Pengfei
Def: T Miao, Y Teng, L Xin
Mid: A Fernandez, N Ependi, M Dembele (VC), C Ye
Attackers: M Diop, E Zahavi (C), D Saba
BJG vs GZ Dream11 Today Match Prediction:
Guangzhou R&F should avoid a defeat here.