Zhejiang Professional vs Chengdu Rongcheng Match Analysis & Prediction
15/12/2022 2:30 pm
Zhejiang Professional’s bid to secure an AFC Champions League Qualifiers spot for next season is once again set to be put to test ahead of their Thursday match at Huzhou Olympiu Sports Center against Rongcheng, who currently find themselves on the outside looking in for next season’s appearance in the competition.
The hosts are currently sitting in third place in league standings, having played 30 matches to collect 58 points, 11 points adrift of current league leaders Wuhan Three Towns, and any result on Thursday would leave them on the same spot.
Zhejiang Professional enter the contest off the back of a 2-0 victory over Meizhou Hakka in their last Chinese Super League match at home, which saw them extend their league unbeaten run to seven matches – with six wins and one draw.
Now having won each of their last five matches in the Chinese Super League, their will be plenty of confidence within the Zhejiang Professional camp ahead of Thursday’s contest, especially as they play on their own turf, and they will also need an ideal preparation for their next fixture which is an FA Cup encounter with Guangzhou City on December 19.
Meanwhile, Rongcheng head into the contest off the back of a goalless draw with Shanghai Port in their last league match at Jinjiang Sports Center to extend their unbeaten run to 10 – with seven wins and three draws.
That has left them sitting in fourth place on 55 points after 30 matches, three point behind their third-placed opponents ahead of the game, and they are the first team outside of the AFC Champions League Qualifiers spots.
The previous Chinese Super League encounter between the sides saw them play out a 1-1 draw at Dujiangyan Phoenix Stadium in October, with Donovan Ewolo scoring for Zhejiang Professional in the 82nd minute, while Rongcheng benefited from a Dong Yu own goals.
Zhejiang Professional vs. Chengdu Rongcheng Head to head
These two teams have previously met on just four occasions in two occasions, where Zhejiang have claimed two victories while Rongcheng have won one, and they have drawn once. They have each scored five goals in the process.
04/11/2020Zhejiang Professional1Rongcheng0China League One
30/11/2021Zhejiang Professional1Rongcheng3China League One
18/12/2021Rongcheng1Zhejiang Professional2China League One
24/10/2022Rongcheng1Zhejiang Professional1Chinese Super League
15/12/2022Zhejiang ProfessionalN/ARongchengN/AChinese Super League
Zhejiang Professional Team News
Nyasha Mushekwi has been the key performer in the final third for Zhejiang Professional this season, and he is the club’s leading scorer with 17 goals, which is tied for third-highest in the division in 2022.
He is again set to start up front as a lone striker in a 4-1-4-1 formation.
Zhejiang Professional's Last 5 Matches
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30/11/2022Zhejiang Professional2Beijing Guoan0Chinese Super League
05/12/2022Shanghai Shenhua0Zhejiang Professional2Chinese Super League
10/12/2022Zhejiang Professional2Meizhou Hakka0Chinese Super League
Chengdu Rongcheng Team News
The most prolific player for Rongcheng in front of goal this season has been Romulo, who leads the club with 10 goals, including four match-opening efforts.
Romulo should start up front alongside Saldanha and Min-Woo Kim, with Tao Liu, Richard Windbichler and Junchen Gou featuring as the back three on Thursday.
Chengdu Rongcheng's Last 5 Matches
21/11/2022Rongcheng2Shandong TaiShan1Chinese Super League
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10/12/2022Rongcheng0Shanghai Port0Chinese Super League
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