Guangzhou Evergrande vs Shandong Luneng 15/7/2017
Is this a blip or what? Guangzhou Evergrande enter this match on the back of two successive defeats. Still, they enjoy a slender one-point lead at the top. The future of midfield dynamo Paulinho, who has been linked with a sensational move to Barcelona, has certainly played a part. The Brazilian has scored six goals this season for Evergrande, and needs one more to match his tally from last season. Meanwhile, Shandong are climbing the table steadily. A cool 2-0 win at Tianjin Teda last weekend lifted them to fifth, one point within of third-placed Hebei Fortune. Jin Jingdao opened the scoring for his first CSL goal before Diego Tardelli sealed the win 9 minutes from time. The Brazilian has now scored in 7 of his last 8 club matches.