Shandong Taishan extends unbeaten run

Shandong Taishan extends unbeaten run

Shandong Taishan is aiming to extend their unbeaten run to 10 by winning against Henan Shongshan Longmen. Shandong is a team who is doing really well, as they remain to be without a loss in their past league matches. Henan on the other hand are hoping to bounce back from their recent results, in order to improve their standings. There are five places that separates these two teams in the league table. Shandong is at the sixth of the league table with 22 points, and a win in this match would bring them at the fifth. Meanwhile, Henan is at the 11th of the league table with 11 points, but a win in this match would only help them improve their points. This meeting will be on July 7, 2023, at 7:35 PM (GMT+8), as Henan play as hosts.

Shandong Taishan

Chinese Super League: Shandong Taishan
Photo courtesy of Xinhua News

Shandong are coming into this match with aims of continuing their excellent form in the contest, as they remain to be unbeaten in their last nine games. Before this excellent run, Shandong actually face inconsistent results. They did not have a good start in their campaign, starting slow, earning only five points from their first five games. Fortunately though, they were able to transform that slow start into three consecutive wins. Those wins are against Shenzhen, Qingdao, and Dalian Pro, where they scored six goals in those matches. Shandong is coming into this game from a draw on their last match, giving them one point. Although their previous match ended in a draw, they remain to be pleased with the result. They need to score a win here though, as it may cost them to drop lower in the league table. They now bid to extend their unbeaten run, and to strengthen their chances in the tournament.

Crysan, who is one of the players leading Shandong could remain on the sides in this match, as he is also absent on their last match. With his absence, it was Marouane Fellaini who led this squad, with support from Moises, Chen Pu, and Liu Binbin.

Henan Songshan Longmen

Chinese Super League: Henan Songshan longmen
Photo courtesy of Xinhua News

Henan on the other hand is at the 11th of the league table with 15 points across their names. They failed to be at their best this season, thus their current place in the standings. Last season, this squad actually finished at the sixth of the league table, but failed to have the same run this season. In fact, they started this season in dismal form, failing to win in their first seven games. From those first seven matches, they were only able to earn four points, which is not good for them. Fortunately though, they were able to pick up themselves and added 11 points from their tally. However, they still need to earn more wins they can as they are not yet in the safe zone. They are only four places above the drop zone, having a six points lead with the team at the 15th. Unfortunately, they do not have the momentum coming into this game, as they are from a 3-1 loss against Changchun Yatai.

Henan will be led by Nemanja Covic, who had eight goals in his 11 appearances in the contest. Moreover, Bouyan Feng is hoping to be able to play in this match. Tomas Pina on the other hand is expected to lead the squad in the midfield.

Prediction:

Shandong Taishan (1.0)
Odds: -0.95

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