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Chinese Super League 2017: Hebei China Fortune vs Guizhou Zhicheng, Preview, Prediction & Predicted Lineup

Hebei China Fortune head coach Manuel Pellegrini

(Photo : Getty Images) Hebei China Fortune will host Guizhou Zhicheng at the Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium on Saturday.

Hebei China Fortune FC (0-0-2, 2 points) and newly-promoted squad Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng FC (0-0-2, 2 points) are scheduled to square off at the Qinhuangdao Olympic Sports Center Stadium on April 1, Saturday in a 2017 Chinese Super League season encounter.

Both Hebei and Guizhou have kicked off the new season with two drawn matches to settle in a five-team tie on points with Liaoning Whowin, Chongqing Dangdai Lifan, and Henan Jianye.

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The Samba Kings, who are set to play their first home game of the season, opened their 2017 campaign with a goalless draw against Henan Jianye at the Zhengzhou Hanghai Stadium on March 5. Their latest fixture ended in a 1-1 tie with Chongqing Lifan also on the road at the Chongqing Olympic Sports Center on March 11, as per ESPN.

Local midfielder Che Shiwei netted the opening goal of the contest for head coach Manuel Pellegrini in the sixth minute with the assist coming from defender Ding Haifeng. Chongqing's Brazilian forward Alan Kardec then found the equalizer in the 32nd minute off a pass by compatriot Fernandinho.

Meanwhile, Guizhou Zhicheng began their China top-flight stint with a 1-1 draw against former champions Liaoning Whowin at their home ground of Guiyang Olympic Sports Center on March 3. They then settled to another 1-1 game against capital city club Beijing Guoan also in Guiyang on March 11, the South China Morning Post reported.

Hong Kong international Festus Baise scored the first goal in the 23rd minute off an assist by Dutch midfielder Tjaronn Chery before Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz leveled the count for Beijing two minutes before the halftime break.

The predicted result is a 1-1 draw for Hebei China Fortune and Guizhou Zhicheng.

Hebei China Fortune starting lineup (4-2-3-1 formation): Yang; Zhao M., Kim, Ren, Ding; Yin, Zhao Y.; Che, Hernanes, Zhang; Aloisio

Guizhou Zhicheng starting lineup (4-2-3-1 formation): Su; Jiang, McGowan, Festus, Wang; Zhang, Min; Chang, Chery, Iminjan; Jelavic 

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