On October 16, in the framework of the first match of the quarterfinals of the playoffs of the Chinese Super League at the Langfrang City Sports Center stadium, the Hebei – Guangzhou Evergrande match will take place. The nominal owners in this pair will have to make incredible efforts to knock out the reigning champion from the tournament. Will the favorite create artificial intrigue? Read about it in our forecast.
“Hebei” had a shock ending of the first stage, scoring three victories, which allowed not only to bypass “Wuhan” and “Shijiazhuang”, but also to break away from them at a considerable distance, the advantage was already seven points.
Lang Zheng’s players spend the whole season unevenly. At the start there was a series of four matches without victories, followed by three victories in a row, after which Hebei threw from side to side: successful games were mixed with failures.
It is very important that the team was able to get together at the right moment, otherwise it would have been successful in the duels with Tianjin Teda (1: 0), Wuhan (2: 0) and Qingdao Huanghem (3: 1). However, the quarterfinal with the champion is a completely different level.
Guangzhou Evergrande has recharged its batteries and is preparing to defend its title with renewed vigor. The “Tigers” have enough competitors, so these guys shouldn’t expect an easy walk to the playoffs, and the teams are less tuned in to them very seriously.
The first part of the season, the team of Fabio Cannavarro was pretty convincing. The club has 11 victories in 14 matches, only Shandong Luneng (0: 1) and Jiangsu Sunin (1: 2) managed to beat Guangzhou, Dalian Pro was close to this (2: 2), but the Tigers played a two-goal handicap. That is, in the event of problems, the players are quite capable of turning the tide, which is also not in the hands of their rivals.
Hebei beat Guangzhou only once in its history, the same number of times was drawn, in seven cases the Tigers were stronger;
The nominal hosts are the most conceding Super League team in the quarter-finalists (23 goals).
11/27/19 Hebei China Guangzhou Evergrande thirteen
06/22/19 Guangzhou Evergrande Hebei China 2: 1
06.10.18 Hebei China Guangzhou Evergrande 0: 3
05/12/18 Guangzhou Evergrande Hebei China 2: 2
10/29/17 Hebei China Guangzhou Evergrande thirty
06/25/17 Guangzhou Evergrande Hebei China 20
06/21/17 Guangzhou Evergrande Hebei China ten
10.09.16 Hebei China Guangzhou Evergrande 0: 3
Guangzhou will play from a position of strength, but somewhat pragmatically. One should not expect any laxity from them, but there is no point in shipping a full string bag of balls into the Hebei goal, since the confrontation consists of two matches. However, a few goals will be enough for the favorite to get a convincing victory, creating a comfortable reserve for the return match.
Our prediction is that Guangzhou Evergrande will win and the total is under (4.5) with odds of 1.70 from BC Winline.