Henan Jianye vs Shandong Luneng
China – Super League
Date: Friday, 12 July 2019
Kick-off: 12:35 UK/ 13:35 CET
Venue: Zhengzhou Hanghai Stadium.
Shandong Luneng will be confident on a positive result when they travel to Zhengzhou Hanghai Stadium for the Chinese Super League encounter against Henan Jianye this Friday.
Henan are coming to this match on the back of consecutive defeats which resulted in their gap with relegation waters to 6 points.
This sum up the story of Wang Baoshan’s season with his team finding no consistency on the football pitch.
The Red devils’s home form is one of the worst in the league as the team managed a humble 7 points from their last 7 matches. To make things worse, both scoring goals and defending remain their biggest worry, and have to highlight their problems from set pieces scenarios.
On the other hand, Shandong Luneng are slowly emerging as a contender for top 4 finish with their recent exploits. However, there is a wide 12-point gap with nearest rivals Shanghai SIPG.
Li Xiaopeng’s men defeated league leaders Beijing Guoan 2-0 two week ago and back it up by another win of same margin away at Renhe. Surely, they are a team in good spirits and there are players performing exceptionally well.
Former Saints striker Graziano Pelle is on top of the list with 12 goals from 13 games this season, while he will get plenty of help from the young Brazilian winger Roger Guedes, who has 7 goals to his name from as many appearances.
Henan Jianye vs Shandong Luneng Head-to-head
There is little to choose from their recent h2h as Shandong bagged 3 wins from last 6 with a draw and 2 defeats.
The key point to note is that their last 6 meetings saw both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals. Meantime, over 3.5 goals was seen in the most recent 5 meetings.
However, at home, Henan have a better h2h record, having won 3 of the last 4 fixtures. However, Shandong thrashed them 4-1 when they visited this stadium last year.
Henan Jianye vs Shandong Luneng Prediction
As I mentioned earlier, Shandong is an improved side and the confidence they bagged from back-to-back wins will prove a bit too much for a struggling side like Henan Jianye, despite this match being played in the opposition territory.
One again, Henan’s defense remain the biggest worry and this is why bookies are pricing the opposition to score 2 goals in this match at a moderate 1.80 odd. This is a certain bet to bag, considering players like Marouane Fellaini could trouble them from set-piece situations. The former Manchester United midfielder already found the net three times from similar scenarios this season.
However, my pick for anytime goalscorer is the Italian Pelle, cannot settle for an alternate choice against a player who is in terrific form and averages almost a goal per game.
Henan Jianye vs Shandong Luneng Bet Tips
Shandong to win @ 1.80 (4/5)
Over 1.5 team goals for Shandong @ 1.80 (4/5)
To Score any-time: Graziano Pelle @ 2.20 (11/10).