Chongqing Lifan vs Shandong Luneng
China – Super League
Date: Friday, 14 June 2019
Kick Off at 12:35 UK/ 13:35 CET
Venue: Chongqing Olympic Sports Centre (Chongqing).
Fourth placed side Shandong Luneng will be looking to close in on third placed Guangzhou Evergrande with a win against Chongqing Lifan on Friday at the Chongqing Olympic Sports Center. Li Xiaopeng’s side are now seven points short of the top three and will need to stick to winning ways if they wish to be serious contenders for the championship.
Jordi Cruyff’s side on the other hand are trailing the visitors by four points and could well be within catching distance if they manage to secure a win in this week’s clash. With the away side’s Graziano Pelle finding the net twice in his last two matches, he will be the man that Li Xiaopeng will be counting on to make the difference.
Chongqing Lifan vs Shandong Luneng Head to head (h2h)
Shandong come out on top twice in the last three meetings between the two teams.
Luneng kept a clean sheet and scored two goals when the two met at the Chongqing Olympic Sports Centre in Chongqing last season.
Diego Tardelli and Graziano Pelle got their names on the scoresheets in each of the last two meetings between the teams.
Brazilian striker Alan Kardec scored the only goal when Chongqing Lifan last beat Shandong Luneng.
Chongqing Lifan vs Shandong Luneng Prediction
With only one loss in their last five recent matches, Shandong Luneng are favorites to win over a struggling Chongqing Lifan side that has managed only one win in theirs. Although Li Xiaopeng’s men were held to 1-1 draw in their last home match against Jiangsu Suning, they are almost certain to come away with all three points on Friday, when they travel to the Chongqing Olympic Sports Centre.
The away side have failed to convert any chances in the opening half for a few games now, and it might well be the case again when they take on Jordi Cruyff’s side, who have lost only one out of their previous five home matches.
Although the home side have been successful in keeping three clean sheets in their last five home matches, they are up against a Shandong Luneng side that has not failed to score at least once in any of their previous five matches, with most of the goals coming in the second half.
The home advantage certainly gives them an upper hand but it is not going to be enough to hand them the win. The away side’s defensive record has also been fairly good over the last few games, limiting their opposition from scoring not more than a goal at the most.
Chongqing Lifan vs Shandong Luneng Betting tips
Shandong Luneng to win @ 2.00 odd
Shandong Luneng to score in second half @ 1.51.