Match Time:7/12/2019 19:35 Friday(GMT+8)
Henan Jianye: Back-to-back defeats (Recent Form: LLWDDL)
Henan Jianye are on 11th place in Chinese Super League with 17 points (4 wins, 5 draws, 7 losses; goal difference 19:26). They have currently 6 points of advantage over 15th Beijing Renhe (relegation zone), whereas the distance to 3rd Shanghai SIPG (AFC Champions League) is already 23 points at the moment. Therefore, they should focus on avoiding troubles. The team is in average shape – 2 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses in last 5 league matches, but they’ve just suffered from 2 defeats in a row. Henan Jianye take on Shandong Luneng on Friday in the next league fixture. Henan Jianye have collected 7 points in 7 home games to date (2 wins, 1 draw, 4 defeats; goal difference 9:13).
Shandong Luneng: Back-to-back victories (Recent Form: WWDLLD)
Shandong Luneng sit on 4th position in the standings with 28 points (8 wins, 4 draws, 4 defeats; goal difference 28:16). They are now already 17 points ahead of the drop zone, whereas Shandong Luneng are 12 points short of the third-placed Shanghai SIPG (AFC Champions League). Their recent form is fine – 2 wins, 2 draws, 1 defeat in last 5 games in CSL. In the meantime, they were eliminated from the AFC Champions League by Guangzhou Evergrande (4:5 on aggregate after penalty shoot-out) in round of 16. Now it’s time for an away encounter. Shandong Luneng have collected 11 points in 8 matches on the road (3 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses; goal difference 14:11).
THE BETTING VERDICT:
In conclusion, I believe that this might be an interesting clash with a couple of goals. Henan Jianye need points to keep themselves away from dangerous area, whereas Shandong Luneng must aim for a victory if they still want to challenge for the third spot so perhaps it may be an open match.
Henan Jianye VS Shandong Luneng
O/U Pick: over 2.50 goals