It’s a midtable clash as 9th placed Guangzhou R&F host Wuhan Zall in 8th in the Chinese Super League regular season match at Yuexiushan Stadium.
Current position on the table:
Guangzhou R&F – 9th
Wuhan Zall – 8th
Season so far:
It’s a typical Guangzhou R&F season, sporadic wins hampering the progress of the team. They are now a genuine mid table side, which fails to deliver against the big teams in the league.
Winning four times in 12 games is not a good return by any means, and considering all of those victories came against the teams currently fighting for their life, shows the team has a lot of catching up to do if it wants to challenge for the title or at least the top three places.
Wuhan Zall are doing better than expected, for this is their first season back in the top flight.
The first season is all about avoiding the drop. With six points separating Wuhan from the bottom two and considering how they have been playing till now, they should get the better of first season syndrome.
The Chinese Super League regular season match will be played between Guangzhou R&F and Wuhan Zall at Yuexiushan Stadium, in Guangzhou, China. The ground has a capacity of 18,000.
The game will start at 05:05 PM (IST), on Saturday, June 15.
In India, DSport has the rights to broadcast five regular-season matches in a week, as well as select MLS Cup playoff games and MLS Cup.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Guangzhou R&F – L L W W L D Wuhan Zall – D W L W W D
Xiao Chi remains out with a knee injury and won’t be available for selection. The 34-year-old, who can play either as a forward or as an attacking midfielder, is yet to feature for Guangzhou this season.
No other injury concerns for head coach Dragan Stojkovic ahead of this match.
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Guangzhou’s last game was a 2-2 entertaining draw. They came from behind two times in that match, with both the goals coming in the 2nd half. Stojkovic could still make a few changes here.
Dia Saba had an outstanding game, scoring the opener, and setting up the 2nd. He will be reprising his No-10 role here.
Chen Zhizhao had an impact from the midfield when he came off the bench to replace Fan Yunlong. he may be given a chance from the off here.
Probable XI: Cheng Yuelei (GK), Ding Haifeng, Jiang Jihong, Yi Teng, Tang Miao, Fan Yunlong, Mousa Dembele, Ye Chugui, Li Yuyang / Chen Zhizhao, Dia Saba, Eran Zahavi
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The good news for Wuhan Zall fans is that Rafael Silva and Stephane Mbia both have been upgraded to questionable ahead of this match. The duo has missed a fair share of the season through injury.
Striker Guo Tianyu missed the last two league games due to a knock, and this could be the 3rd game.
Probable XI: Chunyu Dong (GK), Ming Tian, Liao Junjian, Han Pengfrei, Yi Liu, Liu Yun, Song Zhiwei, Zilei Jiang, Jean Evrard Kouassi, Leo Baptistao