Al-Quwa vs Al-Ittihad: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast
Al Quwa will be aiming to take revenge for their previous meeting
Al Quwa, the Iraqi side still remain without a win against the Saudi side. In the previous meeting, a 90+4 minute goal was required to hand over the win to Al Ittihad. Al Ittihad now are at top of the AFC Champions League table with 9 points, Al Quwa have to survive in this group to make qualify for the knockout stage.
Al Quwa come into this on the back of a 2-1 win over Newroz in their most recent outing in the Iraqi Premier League, the other day. Al Ittihad, the visitors, under the management of Nuno Espirito Santo, are under major pressure at the moment as they are currently underperforming significantly this season as they continue to struggle in the Saudi Pro League.
Monday, 6 November at 5:30 PM IST
Location: Franso Hariri Stadium
Al Quwa (in all competitions): D-D-D-W-L
Al Ittihad (in all competitions): D-W-D-W-L
Players to watch out
Ali Jasim (Al Quwa):
Ali Jasim, the Iraqi forward, is proving to be a crucial element for the team. The 19-year-old has contributed in all the games for the Iraqi club in the AFC Champions League and the Iraqi premier League. Jasim is a talented young striker who is quick and agile. He scored the winning goal against Newroz in the Iraqi League to extend Al Quwa’s lead at the top of the Iraqi league.
Karim Benzema (Al Ittihad):
The prolific French striker Karim Benzema has his most recent strike coming in the previous match against Al Feiha. Benzema’s impact on Al-Ittihad has been immediate and significant. He has 8 goal contributions in the Saudi Pro League this season with goals in both the Kings Cup and the AFC Champions League. His presence has undoubtedly raised the team’s profile and aspirations this season.
- Al Quwa’s defense has yet to prevent an opponent from scoring in the AFC Champions League after losing the reverse fixture in the added time.
- The Iraqi club have conceded a goal in five out of the last six matches that they have played, the home team have now suffered just one loss in their last 11 matches across all competitions.
- Al Ittihad are coming from an away loss against Al Shabab in their last match in the Saudi Pro League.
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Injury & team news
Al Ittihad are still missing some of their big players due to injuries and are still doubtful for this match. Fabinho continues to be the main missing for Nuno Santo. There are as many as 8 players who have been sidelined due to injuries suffered. The Iraqi club on the other hand is fully healthy and is likely to play the same squad as all the other matches so far in this season.
Total Matches – 1
Al Quwa wins – 0
Al Ittihad wins – 1
Draws – 0
Al Quwa predicted lineup:
Farhan; Bayesh, Hanoon, N’Diaye, H. Mashaan, Maaroufi; Abdul-Amir, Atchou, Q. Majid; Ali Jasim, Apoko
Al Ittihad predicted lineup:
Grohe; Bamsaud, Felipe, Hawsawi, Al-Shanqeeti; Coronado, Al Nashri, Kante, Romarinho; Hamdallah, Benzema
Match Prediction for Al-Quwa vs Al-Ittihad:
AL Quwa’s one of the few defeats came in a 1-0 defeat to their upcoming opponents, Saudi champions. Al Ittihad have struggled to maintain their form from last season, they are now 11 points behind the league leaders Al Hilal. Al Quwa, on the other hand, are the comfortable league leaders in Iraq. Considering their last encounter, this match is also going to be a neck to neck contest.
Prediction: Al Quwa 1-1 Al Ittihad
India – Fancode
UK – No telecast
US – Paramount+
Nigeria – No telecast