Beijing and Henan battle for title

Beijing Guoan and Henan Jianye head into their season-ending matches in China's Super League on Saturday tied at the top of the table, with each hoping to win their first-ever championship.

Beijing, who play bottom-dwellers Hangzhou Lucheng at home, have the upper hand with a superior goal difference over Henan, who will play Shenzhen Hongzuan away.

"All we have to do is win the match and we will be the champions. I don't want to start counting points, all I know is that if we play our game then we will be all right," said Beijing general manager Luo Ding.

"Right now Hangzhou and ourselves are both fighting against the pressure; whoever can overcome the pressure will win," he said of the match against Lucheng, who are fighting to stave off relegation.

Beijing have been in contention for the championship before, finishing second during the 2007/08 season and third last year, but have never been able to finish on top.

Last month, in an effort to improve their chances, fiery South Korean coach Lee Jan-Soo was sacked with the side tied for second with seven matches left.

Since firing Lee, Beijing has won three and drawn three. Henan has played well all season, getting off to a 4-1 start and going into the season finale unbeaten in their last three games.