No doubt about the big match this weekend – it’s the Guangzhou Derby as league leaders Evergrande head across town to Yuexiushan Stadium, the home of rivals R&F.
The home side may have painted their stadium gold recently in an effort to change their luck after a run of home games without victory, but history suggests that might not have been necessary – R&F have a good record against their far more illustrious rivals.
Since Guangzhou R&F moved to the city in 2012, they have beaten Evergrande in the CSL four times, drawn two games and lost five. Given Evergrande’s dominance of Chinese football over the past few years, this record is very respectable. R&F will rely heavily on CSL top scorer Eran Zahavi who has scored 18 goals in 18 games so far this season.
Evergrande of course have their own host of stars, and Barcelona target Paulinho will be looking to show once more why one of the world’s biggest clubs is trying to sign a Chinese Super League player.
The Guangzhou Derby kicks off tomorrow (Saturday) at 19.35 Beijing time (11.35 GMT) and you can watch it this weekend on this official CSL stream from OZ Sports.
The live action is not limited to the Guangzhou Derby however. Kicking off at the same time is Shanghai Shenhua versus Hebei China Fortune which you can see here.
And on Sunday, the CSL could have a new leader if Evergrande slip up in the Guangzhou derby and SIPG they win their away match versus Shandong Luneng which game kicks off on July 30 (Sunday) at 19.35 Beijing time (11.35 GMT). You can watch the official stream for that game here.