Shandong Luneng hosts Shanghai Shenhua in round 3 of the Chinese Super League. The match will be played on Wednesday, July 5th at Pro Soccer Academy Base (Dalian)
Shandong, which took 5th place in the last championship but lagged 15 points behind the podium and the ticket to the Asian Champions League, started the current tournament quite confidently. Although that team had to play two starting rounds away, it scored four points in them. Shandong managed to keep almost all of its legionnaires. Brazilians Leonardo and Moises stayed in the team. Hungarian Kadar is also in the ranks (fans of Dynamo Kyiv should remember him). And the Belgian Fellaini, who does not need an introduction, is also ready to appear on the pitch. He has played in Everton and Man United for almost his entire career. Of course, one must not forget about the Italian Pelle. He scored 16 goals in the championship before last.
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Shanghai Shenhua is a typical league middle peasant. For the past 14 years, it has not won anything either in the local or in the international arena. In the last championship, the team was only nine points ahead of the relegation zone. In the tournament that current tournament, the Blue Devils lost to the reigning champion Guangzhou Evergrande in the opening match. However, the last game ended in a home victory.
Shanghai Shenhua rarely poses any serious threat to its rivals on the road. In the last championship, it won in only three out of 15 away meetings and lost eight times. The Blue Devils do not know how to resist Shandong Luneng even when they come to visit it. In the last 19 matches in Dalian, they managed to gain only two victories and lost in 14 cases. The hosts' squad is more powerful. Mostly aborigines play for Shenhua. One can single out only the Nigerian Martins who played in Inter, Newcastle, and Wolfsburg. Shandong's lineup is more qualified and coordinated. The Blue Devils haven't won their last five away games. Four of them ended in defeats. In Dalian, they rarely offer Luneng worthy resistance. Surely, Shanghai Shenhua will return from there without points scored. However, it will not be superfluous to insure the hosts' likely victory with a zero handicap.
Prediction for the match: Shandong Luneng to win with 0.0 handicap