Guangzhou Evergrande take on the visitors Guangzhou R & F at "Tianhe Stadium" in the reverse fixture of the FA Cup quarter-final. The game will be played in Guangzhou on Tuesday, August 1st. The first-leg match ended with 4:2 scoreline in favour of Guangzhou R & F.
Guangzhou Evergrande stay in a deep crisis. Luiz Felipe Scolari's side managed to get only one victory alongside with three losses and a single draw in last five clashes of the season. That unlucky run has reduced "Southern China Tigers"' gap over the chasers in the champions race: after 18 rounds they remain the leaders with 41 points gained, but their nearest challenger for the title Shanghai SIPG are just one single point behind. Guangzhou Evergrande also suffer in the FA Cup: having knocked out Meizhou Meixian Techand 2:1 and Hebei 1:0 in the previous stages, "Southern China Tigers" failed the first-leg encounter of the quarter-final being defeated with 2:4 scoreline and are under the threat of leaving the tournament.
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After 18 gameweeks Guangzhou R & F settle on the eighth position in the Chinese Super League standings with 27 points taken and 32-27 goal difference keeping good chances for the bronze medals fight as they are only five points below the third place. Still, they may focus on the battle for the FA Cup trophy if they extend the first-leg success and will sensationally knock out the champion. It should be noted that Guangzhou R & F demonstrate solid performance on the road having recorded five triumphs, four draws and three losses in 12 away games.
In regard to the Derby of two teams from Guangzhou, their five recent head-to-heads finished with at least three scored goals. I believe that the forthcoming clash will also be interesting as the hosting side should cover two-goal margin, while the visitors have shown in the first encounter that they had strong offense and they will play on the break.
Prediction for the match: Over 3.0 scored goals.