Guangzhou Evergrande take on the visitors Guangzhou Fuli in the first leg of China Cup semifinals. The game takes place at Tianhe Stadium on Wednesday, August 17th.
Evergrande are the leaders of the season in China. The team is 8 points ahead of the second place in Super League after 22 matches played. The hosts of the match started their path in the competition with 2-0 win over Nei Mongol in round of 32, that was followed by 3-0 win over Tianjin Teda in round of 16. Quarterfinal matchup with Beijing Guoan got Evergrande two wins with the same score 2-1. The team is undefeated in home matches for over a year, taking 17 wins and eight draws in 25 matches since the most recent loss.
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Fuli show quite mediocre results this season. The team currently occupies seventh position in the standings with 29 points after 22 matchdays. Today’s visitors started also from round of 32, eliminating one by one Hainan Seamen, 2-1, Shanghai SIPG 1-0, and Hebei, 3-0, 2-1. Fuli are inconsistent in matches on the road this year, taking five wins, two draws and six defeats in 13 away matches in 2016.
Of course, Evergrande have advantage in head-to-heads between the teams. However, this season the opponents exchange home wins when Evergrande won 2-0 at own turf and Fuli replied with 2-1 win in reverse fixture. Evergrande are on impressive unbeaten run at home and the team knows how to focus on big matches like this one. So we should expect the hosts to prove their level with confident win.
Prediction for the match: Guangzhou Evergrande to win with -1.0 Asian handicap.