It's the marquee fixture in the Chinese Super League this weekend as 2nd placed Beijing Guoan prepare to host the leaders Guangzhou Evergrande in the league at Beijing Workers' Sports Stadium.
The decision to sack Roger Schmidt as the head coach came out of the blue, but it also sets the precedent for the new manager Bruno Génésio that failing to match the lofty ambitions of the owners could well bring him in the hot water.
Beijing have made a good start under him, winning 2-0 against Hebei CFFC in his only match as the manager of this club. But Evergrande are a totally different beast, the biggest challenge for any team in the Chinese Super League.
If the 52-year-old masterminds a win against the visitors, though it was any way harsh to sack Schmidt, the decision to appoint him as the manager may look like a move in the right direction.
While Guangzhou Evergrande know that a win here at the home of their nearest challenger will give them all the advantages in the title race.
The Chinese Super League match will be played between Beijing Guoan and Guangzhou Evergrande at Beijing Workers' Sports Stadium, in Guangzhou, China. The ground has a capacity of 66,161.
The game will start at 05:05 PM (IST), on Sunday, August 11.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Beijing Guoan – L L W W L W
Guangzhou Evergrande – W W W W W W
Beijing Guoan Team News:
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Beijing Guoan Probable XI:
Zou Dehai (GK), Wang Gang, Yu Dabao, Lei Tenglong, Wang Gang, Fernando, Chi Zhongguo, Piao Cheng, Renato Augusto, Wang Ziming / Zhang Yuning, Cedric Bakambu
Guangzhou Evergrande FC Team News:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Guangzhou Evergrande Probable XI:
Zeng Cheng (GK), Zhang Linpeng, Park Ji-Soo, Gao Zhunyi, Li Xuepeng, Yan Dinghao, Huang Bowen, Paulinho, Wei Shihao, Elkeson, Yang Liyu
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Yang Liyu: He is one of the best Chinese players at the moment. His passing and the skills on the ball are a joy to watch.
Paulinho: The box to box Brazilian midfielder has goals in him. He can play both as a defensive midfielder and in an advanced midfield role.
Cedric Bakambu: The is the kind of player who can dictate the game both in the final 3rd and in the midfield, for he loves to get behind the ball and weave his magic.
Elkesen: Joined the team only a fortnight ago and already looks an integral part of Fabio Cannavaro's set-up. The 30-year-old has two goals in as many games for Evergrande and will be looking to carry on his good form.
GED vs BEI Dream11 potential winner:
Guangzhou Evergrande should at least get a draw here.