Meizhou Hakka vs Shanghai Port Match Analysis & Prediction
15/12/2022 2:30 pm
AFC Chanpions League Qualifiers hopefuls Shanghai Port continue their bid to secure a berth in next season’s tournament at Wuhua Olympic Sports Center Huitabg Stadium on Thursday when they travel ot face Meizhou Hakka, who sit in mid-table ahead of the contest.
The hosts are currently sitting in ninth place in the league standings, having played 30 matches to collect 43 points, 10 points behind their opponents on Thursday.
Meizhou Hakka enter the contest off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Zhejiang Professional in their last Chinese Super League at Huzhou Olympic Sports Center, getting back to their poor form of defeats after previously gettin back to winning ways aganst Hebei FC in a 4-0 away victory on December 5.
Milan Ristic’s side have recorded seven wins, three draws and four losses this season in 14 Chinese Super League matches at Wuhua Olympic Sports Center Huitang Stadium, and they will be hoping to pick up a positive result against Shanghai Port on Thursday, with their next game being against Rongcheng in the FA Cup.
Meanwhile, Shanghai Port are currently occupying fifth place in the table on 53 points after 30 matches. With two matches remaining, they trail third-placed Zhejiang Professional by five points for a spot in the AFC Champions League Qualifiers.
They head into the game off the back of a goalless draw with Rongcheng in their last Chinese Super League match at Jinjiang Sports Center, extending their unbeaten run to two.
In league matches away from Yuanshen Sports Centre Stadium this season, Shanghai Port have picked up 24 points from the availabe 45, and their last two matches have been on the road in which they are unbeaten.
Shanghai Port won the last Chinese Super League encounter between the sides, coming out on top 7-0 at Yuanshen Sports Centre Stadium in October. Lei Wu led Ivan Leko’s side with three goals in the fifth, 26th and 55th minute, while Baiyang Liu also scored twice followed by Jiang Guangtai and Paulinho with one each.
In their last six league matches, Meizhou Hakka have won two and lost four, while Shanghai Port have won two, drawn one and lost three.
Meizhou Hakka vs. Shanghai Port Head to head
These two teams have previously met on just one occasion in the Chinese Super League, where Shanghai Port claimed a 7-0 home victory in October.
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15/12/2022Meizhou HakkaN/AShanghai PortN/AChinese Super League
Meizhou Hakka Team News
Aleksa Vukanovic has been a key performer for Meizhou Hakka in the final third this season, and he leads the club with nine goals, three of those having been the critical first of the match.
With Vukanovic not eligible to play until next year, Chisom gbuchuna will start up front as the lone striker for the hosts.
Meizhou Hakka's Last 5 Matches
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26/11/2022Dalian Pro2Meizhou Hakka1Chinese Super League
01/12/2022Meizhou Hakka0Shangha Shenhua1Chinese Super League
05/12/2022Hebei FC0Meizhou Hakka4Chinese Super League
10/12/2022Zhejiang Professional2Meizhou Hakka0Chinese Super League
Shanghai Port Team News
The most prolific player for Shanghai Port in the final third of the field has been Lei Wu, who leads the club with 11 goals so far this season.
Having kept a clean sheet against Rongcheng, Shenchao Wang, Tyias Browning, Zhen Wei and Shuai Li will against start as the back four.
Shanghai Port's Last 5 Matches
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26/11/2022Tianjin JMT1Shanghai Port0Chinese Super League
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04/12/2022Guangzhou City1Shanghai Port2Chinese Super League
10/12/2022Rongcheng0Shanghai Port0Chinese Super Legue
Meizhou Hakka vs. Shanghai Port: Odds and Predictions
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