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CSL Preview: Guangzhou Evergrande seek to increase lead

By Football News



Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri says he is in no rush to sign a contract extension after guiding the club to UEFA Champions League qualification.

Guangzhou have positive recent memories of the Hongkou Stadium, winning 1-0 and 2-0 on their past two visits.

Shanghai could claim those results do represent the full story, the hosts having finished with 10 men on those two occasions due to red cards midway through the second half.

And last time at the venue, Feng Junyang's goal gave Guangzhou the win - but not before they also finished one man down, after Sun Xiang was sent off shortly before full-time.

Last time the two sides met, Guangzhou were held to a 2-2 draw at home despite leading on two separate occasions.

Guangzhou will also have one eye on their impending trip to Australia on Wednesday, to take on the Central Coast Mariners in the AFC Champions League last 16.

The league leaders are level on 19 points with second-placed Shandong Luneng, who must bide their time until Tuesday to heap the pressure on Guangzhou - or potentially replace them at the top - when they travel to fourth-placed Qingdao Jonoon (15 points).

Beijing Guoan, who are above Qingdao on goal difference, are on the road to Guangzhou R&F in one of four Saturday kick-offs.

Elsewhere, fifth-placed Liaoning Whowin can continue their impressive season at home to winless Wuhan Zall (15th), Dalian Aerbin will welcome Shanghai Shenxin while bottom club Tianjin Teda are at home to Jiangsu Sainty.

On Sunday, Changchun Yatai will continue their search for their first win this season when Guizhou Renhe visit, before Hangzhou and Shanghai SIPG go head-to-head.