China Super League is again on the line and it starts with Guangzhou Evergrande – Guangzhou R&F, Friday, 11:35 GMT. Will we see some goals?
Guangzhou Evergrande – Wants to defend the title won last season, but with a new coach on the bench. After three years at the Chinese club, Luiz Felipe Scolari chose to resign and move to another chapter of his life. The board brought Italian Fabio Cannavaro for the second time, after the former defender’s seven months journey back in 2014. Speaking about last season, Evergrande finished with two defeats, yet managed to keep Shanghai SIPG at a six-points margin. On home soil, had 13 victories in 15 championship matches. Cannavaro’s new adventure in Guangzhou started with two draws in AFC Champions League, 1-1, at home, against Buriram (Thailand), and 0-0 at C-Osaka (Japan), but also with a trophy, the Chinese SuperCup, 4-1 against Shanghai Shenhua.
Guangzhou R&F – Never brought big names to the team, but still managed to finish 5th last season, under Dragan Stojkovic’ guidance. The Serbian coached just one team before coming to Guangzhou, Napoya Grampus (Japan) for five years. R&F managed to score in 9 of the last 10 away games. Zahavi si Renatinho are the big stars for the “Blues” and management was able to extend their contracts during the winter break.
Guangzhou Evergrande – Guangzhou R&F – Prediction
Matchweek 1 and the first “derby”, what could be better? And Guangzhou Evergrande – Guangzhou R&F always managed to attract neutral fans. In the last seven direct encounters, we’ve always seen at least three goals. Last season, the teams met twice on Evergrande’s pitch, 2-2 in the championship, and 7-2 in second leg of the Cup quarter-finals. Although players may need some time to adjust to a decent level of play after a four-months rest period, I think we’ll have an interesting game, with many goal opportunities.
Prediction: over 2,5 goals, odds 1.50
Guangzhou Evergrande - Guangzhou R&F