Henan celebrated perhaps their biggest win of the season with a 3-1 win over champions Shanghai Port, extending their gap to the relegation zone to double digit points. This was their third consecutive win and now the injuries have been minimized with only one absence Ke Zhao (20/0).
Shanghai Shenhua showed character in the quarter-finals of the Cup. They were forced to line up with only domestic players in their lineup against Division 3 champions Chongqing Tonglianglong, but that didn’t stop them from walking away with an 0-2 win. They are winless in the last two league rounds, with only 2 victories in the last 6, and today will have a lot of problems. Due to various reasons out of the squad are defenders Chenije Zhu (22/0), Shenglong (21/4), Lin Cui (12/0), midfielders Haoyang Xu (22/1), Wang (21/1), Teixeira (18/1), Tsun Dai Wai (11/0), Zhang (10/0), and Ruofan Liu (5/0).
The hosts are in good form, they have won three games in a row, and the fact that they will have a full squad puts them in the role of slight favorites in this match, the guests will be quite weakened, they haven’t celebrated in this stadium since 2019.