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The Super League match at Qingdao Tiantai Stadium on Sunday will see home team Qingdao Hainiu welcome Nantong Zhiyun.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Qingdao Hainiu v Nantong Zhiyun can be found here - plus the latest match odds.
Qingdao Hainiu will be hoping to return to winning ways here after the 4-2 Super League defeat last time out to Shandong Luneng.
In that game, Qingdao Hainiu had 40% possession and 12 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. Shandong Taishan had 18 attempts at goal with 8 of them on target. Crysan (36') and Marouane Fellaini (74') scored for Shandong Luneng.
An interesting characteristic of recent Qingdao Hainiu games is the high number of scores with a nil in them.
From their prior six matches leading up to this one, in 5 of them a bet on both teams scoring would've been a losing one. That pattern isn’t assured to be continued into this next game, though.
Since tasting defeat last time out to Chengdu Rongcheng in Super League competition, Nantong Zhiyun and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that match, Nantong Zhiyun managed 52% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 1 on target. For their opponents, Chengdu Rongcheng got 18 shots at goal with 7 on target. Andrigo (39') and Tim Chow (96') scored for Chengdu Rongcheng.
It has become apparent that Nantong Zhiyun have failed to get amongst the goals over their last six encounters, netting the unsatisfactory return of only 4. In those matches, Nantong have also seen the collective goal aggregate of their opponents equal 11.
Team News: Qingdao Hainiu
The Qingdao Hainiu manager Antonio Gómez-Carreño will be thankful to have no fitness worries to speak of ahead of this match thanks to a completely injury-free group to pick from.
It seems likely that Qingdao Hainiu should line up in a 3-2-4-1 system in the match, utilising Pengfei Mou, Junshuai Liu, A. Andrejevic, Dong Xu, Chien-Ming Wang, Wei Zhang, Elvis Saric, Evans Kangwa, Xinli Peng, Wei Long and Marko Saric.
Team News: Nantong Zhiyun
With a completely healthy squad available to select from, the Nantong Zhiyun boss Qi Zhu has no fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this match.
We’re of the thinking that Nantong Zhiyun appear most likely to utilise a 4-4-2 lineup, giving starts to Qinghao Xue, Lai Wei, Kang Cao, Wei Liu, Huan Liu, David Puclin, Lucas Morelatto, Mingyang Yang, Romario Balde, Hong Gui and Rubilio Castillo.
We’re envisaging that Nantong Zhiyun could find themselves up against it to breach the defence of this Qingdao Hainiu side who we reckon will manage to get a goal of their own in a winning performance.
Therefore, we predict a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 1-0 winning score for Qingdao Hainiu when the referee blows for full-time.
Should be an interesting one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Qingdao Tiantai Stadium (20,525)
Captain: Jiang Ning
Chairman: Qiao Weiguang
Manager: Antonio Gómez-Carreño
Competitions: Super League position 13, FA Cup (Semi-finals)