Hebei China Fortune faces Guangzhou Evergrande in the first leg of the Chinese Super League playoffs quarterfinals. The match will be played on Friday, October 16th at Langfang City Sports Center (Langfang)
Hebei showed a streak of three victories and clung to the last position of the outgoing playoff train, though the impressions during the season were quite average. The team gained seven victories, suffered four defeats, and shared points three times. The Brazilian Marcao scored 11 of 25 goals. The team concedes a lot, and the coach should work on this aspect of the game at practice.
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Guangzhou Evergrande confidently spent the championship, capturing the first line of the standings. The team had eleven victories, one draw, and a couple of losses. It scored more than all opponents, and only Shandong conceded less. Paulinho, Shihao, and Elkeson pleased the fans with their attacking skills - they made 20 effective actions for three. The players' expectations are logical and high - the title of the champion of the Chinese Super League.
It will be the first leg of the quarterfinals of the playoffs. Hebei China Fortune will play a "home" match in Langfang, although the hosts' chances will not rise. The players of Hebei gained a quite good shape. They scored at least one goal in the last four matches, and it was usually enough. The visitors from Guangzhou are much more powerful, and they demonstrated this throughout the season. I do not think that we will see any changes since the attacking line of Guangzhou Evergrande is too strong. Both teams often played with Over 2.5 goals scored in the regular championship (10 times each), and I think they will arrange goal extravaganza in their head-to-head meeting.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 goals scored