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The Super League match at Yuanshen Sports Centre Stadium on Sunday sees hosts Shanghai SIPG play opponents Guangzhou R&F.
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Shanghai SIPG will be looking for a repeat result of the 1-2 Super League triumph against Henan Jianye.
In that game, Shanghai SIPG managed 42% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. For Shanghai SIPG, the goalscorers were Tyias Browning (25') and Cai Huikang (41'). At the other end, Henan Songshan Longmen had 18 shots at goal with 7 on target. Tomás Pina (81') scored for Henan Jianye.
Their most recent results shine a light on the fact that not much more can be done by the Shanghai SIPG backline. Shanghai SIPG have been mean at the back, with the tally of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper during their previous 6 matches standing at 3.
Guangzhou R&F will go into this game following on from a 1-0 Super League win with the defeat of Guangzhou Evergrande in their last match.
In that game, Guangzhou R&F had 35% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. Guangzhou got 10 attempts on goal with 3 on target.
Jean-Paul van Gastel's Guangzhou R&F have turned their attacks into goals a total of 5 times in the course of their latest six matches. The overall goals that have been scored against them during those same clashes equals 10.
Head to head
Delving into their past head to head results going back to 18/03/2018 shows that these fixtures have ended in disappointment for Guangzhou R&F. They’ve not managed to come away with any victories whatsoever whereas Shanghai SIPG have remained in the ascendancy, finishing as winners in 83 per cent of those match-ups.
A combined sum of 21 goals were produced between them in these games, with 15 from The Red Eagles and 6 coming from Guangzhou RF. That is an average goals per game value of 3.5.
The last league fixture featuring these sides was 2020 Super League match day 6 on 29/12/2021 which ended up with the score at Guangzhou R&F 1-2 Shanghai SIPG.
That time, Guangzhou R&F had 43% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target.
On the other side, Shanghai SIPG got 24 attempts on goal with 11 on target. Aaron Mooy (15', 45') was the scorer.
Team News: Shanghai SIPG
The Shanghai SIPG boss Ivan Leko will be grateful to have no fitness worries to speak of before this game thanks to a completely healthy group available to choose from.
In our view, The Red Eagles could make use of the 4-2-3-1 formation for the game featuring Junling Yan, Shenchao Wang, Tyias Browning, Zhen Wei, Ang Li, Xin Xu, Huikang Cai, Matias Vargas, Paulinho, Wenjun Lue and Cherif Ndiaye.
Team News: Guangzhou R&F
Thanks to a completely injury-free group ready to go, the Guangzhou R&F manager Jean-Paul van Gastel has zero fitness concerns at all before this match.
We reckon that Guangzhou R&F seem most likely to begin the game with a 3-2-4-1 lineup, starting Jiaqi Han, Teng Yi, Jihong Jiang, Yuncheng Fu, Jiajun Liao, An Ning, Guilherme, Gong Zhang, Yongjia Li, Tixiang Li and Jown Cardona.
It would appear that Guangzhou R&F will have to play really well and surprise a few people to score any goals at all against a Shanghai SIPG team who look likely to run riot in this match, should everything go as expected.
We’re going with a very commanding 4-0 thrashing which could even be higher for Shanghai SIPG by the time that the full-time whistle blows.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Yuanshen Sports Centre Stadium (16,000)
Captain: Oscar dos Santos
Chairman: Zhang Min
Manager: Ivan Leko
Competitions: Super League position 7