SHN vs BEI Dream11: Things are pretty tight at the top in the Chinese Super League, with just two points separating current leaders Guangzhou Evergrande and Beijing Guoan in 3rd place. The shape of the table may change after the 2nd of this weekend's matches, and Guoan will hope that they are the team taking a step in the right direction. Also, the season is heading towards its culmination and even a slight fumble could prove to be fatal for any team aiming to achieve its target.
Their opponent are Shanghai Shenhua, who are 12th on the points table having accumulated 30 points from 27 games. They can't finish lower than 13th this season, and it's pretty hard for them to break into the top half of the table. So in that sense, with nothing to play, their season is almost over.
Sometimes the points table fails in depicting the true picture, and it's true in Shanghai Shenhua's case as their lowly 12th position doesn't truly reflect about their recent performances. Before losing 1-0 at Chongqing Lifan before the break, they had an incredible run in nine games where they recorded five wins and lost just once. That good return is the reason why they pulled themselves clear from the relegation scrimmages.
Beijing Guoan registered a 3-1 win over Tianjin Teda before the winter break brought the league to a halt. It was a much-needed response by the team to the 0-2 home defeat to Shanghai East Asia. It was Guoan's first defeat in five league games and two in seven matches. Beijing recorded four wins during that seven-game run.
Beijing Guoan's lofty position on the table means they are being seen as a favorite by the bookmakers to win the game here. A win for the away side is priced at 1.675, the draw is the 2nd favored result here at 4.14, while the win for Shanghai Shenhua comes at 4.62.
Both the teams hardly inspire confidence at the back, so backing both the teams to score here looks a good bet. In fact, it is priced at 1.665, the lowest amongst the goals and clean sheet combination.
Shanghai Shenhua to win: 4.62 (181/50), Probability to happen: 21.65%
Beijing Guoan to win: 1.67 (27/40), Probability to happen: 59.70%
Draw: 4.14 (157/50), Probability to happen: 24.15%
Both teams to score: 1.6650 (133/200), Probability to happen: 60.06%
A stalemate (0-0): 2.325 (53/40), Probability to happen: 43.01%
Shanghai Shenhua team news: Kim Shin-Wook is listed as questionable by the host ahead of the match. He is the only player who could miss this game with the rest of the squad fit and fine.
Beijing Guoan team news: As for the visitors, three players are set to miss the game through suspension. Chi Zhongguo, Li Lei, and Yu Dabao are suspended for this road trip against Guoan.
Shanghai Shenhua: Li Shuai (GK), Bai Jiajun, Zhu Chenjie, Bi Jinhao, Li Yunqiu, Giovanni Moreno, Peng Xinli, N'Doumbou, Cao Yunding, S. Sun, Odion Ighalo
Beijing Guoan: Zou Dehai (GK), Wang Gang, Min-Jae Kim, Yu Yang, JIan Taiyan, Taiyan Jin, N Yennaris, Piao Cheng, Renato Augusto, Zhang Xizhe, Zhang Yuning
GK: L Shuai
Def: B Jinhao, Y Yang, Min-Jao
Mid: X Peng, G Moreno, N Yennaris, R Augusto (VC)
Att: O Ighalo, Y Zhang, Bakambu (C)
Backing the visitors to get something out of this game is the most expected result in this game, as per the odds.