Al Hilal vs Al Hazem: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast
Round of 16 clash of clubs from opposite ends in the league
Al Hilal last faced Al Ahli Saudi in the Saudi Pro League on matchday 11. A resounding 3-1 win sets them 4 points apart from the rest of the sides in the division. Now after progressing through the King Cup of Champions Round of 32 against Saudi second-tier outfit Al Jabalain, they have visitors Al Hazem.
Al Hazem aren’t able to cope with the increase in the quality of football. After finishing second in Division 1, the second tier of football in Saudi Arabia, they got promoted to the Saudi Pro League for the 2023-24 season. With just a win and 7 points on the table, Al Hazem sits in the relegation zone. Their task at hand is to get past the Round of 16 in the King Cup of Champions against league leaders.
Monday, 30 October 2023 at 6:00 PM UK (11:30 PM IST)
Location: King Fahd International Stadium
Al Hilal (in all competitions): W-W-W-W-W
Al Hazem (in all competitions): D-W-L-L-W
Players to Watch
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Al Hilal)
The striker just can’t stop scoring. Aleksandar Mitrović who arrived from Fulham are currently the top scorer for Al Hilal in the Saudi Pro League with 8 goals. And also second in the league behind Cristiano Ronaldo from Al Nassr who is on 11 goals. In the AFC Champions League encounter against Mumbai City FC, Mitrović netted a hat trick. In the last fixture, Al Ahli goalkeeper Édouard Mendy saved a penalty only to find Mitrović scoring from a header later on.
Faïz Selemani (Al Hazem)
The left winger who wears number 10 on his back for Al Hazem is doing very well. In the last two games, Faïz Selemani has scored three goals. In the 4-3 win over Al Raed, Selemani netted a brace. And in the last one, against Al Ittihad, his goal helped get even on the score with Nuno Espírito Santo’s men to get a point. The player’s Round of 32 performance in the King Cup of Champions against Al-Arabi SC was brilliant. Two goals and an assist.
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- Al Hilal currently sit first in the Saudi Pro League and are still undefeated after 11 games played while Al Hazem occupy one of the relegation spots
- Al Hilal narrowly beat Al Jabalain in the Round of 32 of the King Cup of Champions
- Al Hazem made it to the Round of 16 after beating Qatar-based Al-Arabi SC 3-1 in Round of 32
Injury & Team News
For Al Hilal, megastar Neymar will continue to be sidelined after he suffered a major blow while on international duty with Brazil. A ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) will keep him away from the ground for quite a while. Coach Jorge Jesus can name an unchanged lineup that got the better of Al Ahli in the last game.
Al Hazem’s side has issues on the pitch but have no concerns currently outside. All players will be available to face Al Hilal in the Round of 16 King Cup of Champions clash. Head coach José Daniel Carreño might test the same lineup that ended the game 2-2 against Al Ittihad.
Head to Head
Total Matches – 22
Al Hilal wins – 15
Al Hazem wins – 3
Draws – 4
Al Hilal predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):
Bono (GK); Abdulhamid, Koulibaly, Al Bulaihi, Al Shahrani; Neves, Milinković-Savić; Michael, Malcom, Al Dawsari; Mitrović
Al Hazem predicted lineup (4-3-3):
Zaid (GK); Al Mhemaid, Ricardo, Viana, Qasheesh; Vinícius, Abousaban, Tozé; Al Thani, Badamosi, Selemani
Match Prediction for Al Hilal vs Al Hazem
Al Hilal are enjoying themselves and fans are enjoying the football they are playing. After 11 games in the Saudi Pro League, 30 goals were scored and just 8 conceded. While visitors have scored just 13 to concede 28 goals. Before both sides meet in the 2023-24 Saudi Pro League in late November, a win for Al Hilal should help them progress in the King Cup of Champions past Al Hazm.
Prediction: Al Hilal 4-0 Al Hazem
Telecast for Al Hilal vs Al Hazem
India – SonyLiv
UK – N/A
US – N/A
Nigeria – N/A
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