The stakes couldn't have been higher for Beijing Renhe FC as they find themselves in the relegation scrimmage. As the season heads to its culmination, the room for further errors is shrinking. Or perhaps, the writings are already on the wall, as they prop up the table, seven points behind the safety.
Still, there are seven games to play, and a lot can change in a week or so. But for that to happen, for Beijing to make any grounds on the table, they have to win, at any cost, for even a draw will be catastrophic, which will only expedite their fall from the grace.
Beijing host Chongqing Lifan in their next game at Beijing Fengtai Stadium.
Lifan have nothing to worry about the relegation. They sit comfortably at 10th on the table and have every chance to break into the top-seven.
That said, there may not be many people in Chongqing fully content with Jordi Cruyff at the moment. The club was in a position to finish in the top-four, but the stuttering form has pegged the club far too behind in the race at this moment.
The pressure is increasing on the son of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, and he could use a win here.
The Chinese Super League match will be played between Beijing Renhe and Chongqing Lifan at Beijing Fengtai Stadium, in Beijing, China. The ground has a capacity of 31,043.
The game will start at 05:05 PM (IST), on Sunday, October 13.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Beijing Renhe – L L L D L L
Chongqing Lifan – D L L D L L
Beijing Renhe Team News:
Centre-back Rao Weihui remains out for Beijing Renhe FC and won't be featuring here. The 30-year-old is recovering from a knee injury he suffered in June this year.
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Du Wenyang is back from suspension and battles with Liu Boyang for a place at left-back.
Luis García may stick with the same playing 11 which lost 1-2 to Hebei CFFC in the last game.
Beijing Renhe Probable XI:
Mou Pengfei (GK), Zhang Chenlong, Liu Jian, Luo Xin, Nizamdin Ependi, Chen Jie, Augusto Fernandez, Ayub Timbe Masuka, Cao Yongjing, Zhu Baojie, Makhete Diop
Chongqing Lifan FC Team News:
No injury problems for the visitors.
Jiang Zhe and Luo Hao fight for a place in the playing 11.
Chongqing Lifan Probable XI:
Sui Weijie (GK), Dilmurat Mawlanyaz, Yang Shuai, Yuan Mincheng, Chen Lei, Luo Shenwen, Jiang Zhe, Fernandinho Silva, Feng Jing, Alan Kardec, Adrian Mierzejewski
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Makhete Diop: He will be the biggest threat for Chongqing Lifan for the very reason that the 32-year-old Senegalese has scored more than half of Beijing Renhe's 17 goals this season. The lack of goals from other players in the big reason why Renhe find themselves in this pernicious situation.
Alan Kardec: Though his numbers may not be as impressive as the last season, the former Benfica player is still the best player for Lifan. He should be in your Dream11 team.
Fernandinho Silva: Will be playing on the right-wing, and has all the trickery in his repertoire to create trouble for the hosts.
Chen Jie: One of the consistent homegrown player in Beijing team. Despite Beijing's struggle this season, the 30-year-old has managed to enhance his reputation as midfield dynamite.
CHQ vs BJG Dream11 potential winner:
Chongqing Lifan will see this game as a perfect opportunity to snap a six-game winless run. We back the visitors to get something out of this match.