With just four rounds to go in the 2019 Chinese Super League, things are starting to take shape for real. Guangzhou Evergrande are three points clear at the top. But it will take two games for Shanghai East Asia in 2nd place to topple Fabio Cannavarowith's men, for Guangzhou have a +8 goal difference.
The picture is more clear at the bottom. Beijing Renhe are already thinking about a life in division two as they sit at the bottom, nine points behind the safe zones.
While Hebei CFFC vs Guangzhou R&F are 13th and 12th respectively. Both the team s should be safe at the end of the season, but there's still a possibility that Hebei may drop into the relegation zone provided they lose all their remaining matches, while Shenzhen go on to win all their games, which is in itself a far-fetched scenario considering how the results have panned out for both the teams.
Still, Hebei will hope to shake off the fear with all three points in this match as they host Guangzhou R&F at Langfang City Sports Center.
The Chinese Super League match will be played between Hebei CFFC and Guangzhou R&F at Langfang City Sports Center, in Langfang, China. The ground has a capacity of 30,040.
The game will start at 01:00 PM (IST), on Saturday, October 26.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Hebei CFFC – L L W L W L
Guangzhou R&F – L D D L W L
Hebei CFFC Team News:
Goalkeeper Yang Cheng is a long-term injury absentee for Hebei. No other injury issues and suspension to contend with for the hosts ahead of this match.
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Javier Mascherano returns back from suspension and will start the game. Head coach Xie Feng will have to tweak his system from the last game as a result. In the former Liverpool player's absence, Feng went with a 3-man backline with Liu Jing and Zhang Junzhe covering the flanks. Liu is expected to sit out this game.
Dong Xuesheng will lead the attack for the hosts, with Marcao playing behind him in a no-10 role.
Hebei CFFC Probable XI:
Chi Wenyi (GK), Jiang Wenjun, Ran Hang, Pan Ximing, Zhang Chendong, Jiang Zhipeng, Wang Qiuming, Javier Mascherano, Fernandinho, Marcao, Dong Xuesheng
Guangzhou R&F FC Team News:
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Dembele is suspended for this match due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
The visitors will also not be able to call center-back Dusan Tosic as he is banned from this match. Tosic was sent off in Hebei's 4-0 hammering at Shenzhen FC.
With Tosic out, Yi Teng and Jin Pengxiang will partner at the back, while Li Tixiang should fill in for the suspended Dembele in the midfield.
Guangzhou R&F Probable XI:
Cheng Yuelei (GK), Tang Miao, Yi Teng, Jin Pengxiang, Ding Haifeng, Li Tixiang, Wang Peng, Dia Saba, Fan Yunlong, Ye Chugui, Eran Zahavi
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Eran Zahavi: A cut above player than the rest in the Chinese Super League this season. He has scored an incredible 27 goals this season, 10 best than the 2nd placed Ai Kesen. He has scored 9 times in the last nine league games.
Dia Saba: Another Guangzhou R&F player who is having a very good season. He should be on your team sheet.
Dong Xueshang: He has been leading the attack for Hebei this season, and he is the big reason for club pulling itself clear of the relegation zone.
Goalkeeper: Y Cheng
Defenders: Pengxiang, Zheng, Chendong, R Hang
Midfielders: C Ye, Zhizhao, W Qiuming
Attackers: Zahavi (C), D Saba, Marcao (VC)
GZ vs HBI Dream11 potential winner:
There's not much to separate both sides. But Hebei CFFC are at home and will look to get all three points from this match.