Tianjin Teda will be looking to return to winning ways when they host bottom-placed Beijing Renhe FC in the Chinese Super League at Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium.
As mentioned, Beijing are currently propping up the table and are without a win since beating Tianjin Quanjian 2-0 on June 1st. That's a 12-game stretch and half the number of games they have played so far this season, and a big reason for their current position on the table.
It's still not clear where the actual fault lies for the sudden fall of this club from the 8th position it achieved last season.
But Tianjin Teda face no such problems this season, for they sit comfortably away from the relegation zone. There is still a chance though for Teda to make the current campaign a memorable one as they have every chance to finish in the top-six, which, if they do achieve, will be their best-ever finish to a campaign in five years.
The Chinese Super League match will be played between Tianjin Teda and Beijing Renhe F.C. at Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium, in Tianjin, China. The ground has a capacity of 60,000.
The game will start at 01:00 PM (IST), on Sunday, October 20.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Tianjin Teda – W W W L W L
Beijing Renhe F.C. – L L D L L L
Tianjin Teda Team News:
Attacking midfielder Hui Jiakang remains a long-term injury absentee for the hosts. The 30-year-old has been on the sideline since suffering a knee injury in July against Jiangsu Suning FC.
No other injury absentee for Tianjin Teda.
All four, Zhao Yingjie, Tan Wangsong, Zhao Honglüe and Mirahmetjan Muzepper battle for two spots in the midfield and wings respectively.
Tianjin Teda Probable XI:
Du Jia (GK), Zhao Honglue, Liu Yang, Yang Fan, Bai Yuefeng, Zhao Yingjie, Zheng Kaimu, Mirahmetjan Muzepper, Johnathan, Frank Acheampong, Sandro Wagner
Beijing Renhe F.C. FC Team News:
Centre-back Rao Weihui is listed out from this game. He is the only player on Beijing Renhe's injury list for this game.
Beijing Renhe F.C. Probable XI:
Mou Pengfei (GK), Nizamdin Ependi, Luo Xin, Liu Jian, Zhang Chenlong, Augusto Fernandez, Chen Jie, Zhu Baojie, Cao Yongjing, Ayub Timbe Masika, Makhete Diop
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Johnathan: Leading goal scorer for Tianjin this season with 11 league goals.
Frank Acheampong: Not far behind is Acheampong. The 26-year-old Ghanian has nine goals and six assists to his name this season.
Sandro Wagner: The former Bayern Munich striker plies his trade with Tianjin Teda now and he really is a top-notch pick. (8 goals and 2 assists).
Makhete Diop: If Beijing are to score a goal in this game, it will most likely come from the boot of Diop.
TNJ vs BJG Dream11 potential winner:
Beijing Renhe F.C. are winless in away games this season, and facing an in-from Tianjin Teda on the road is too big a task for them.
We back Teda to win this match.