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Al Shabab vs Al Nassr: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :December 9, 2023 at 2:32 PM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 6:38 PM
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The White Lions shift focus to the King’s Cup after two red cards

On matchday 16 of the 2023-24 Saudi Pro League, Al Shabab played as hosts to Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq. Even though the game ended 0-0, there were 3 sent-offs. Two from the home side and one from the away team. For the White Lions, reds were handed to Éver Banega and Gustavo Cuéllar. As King’s Cup is a different competition the red card won’t impact team selection against Al Nassr. Al Shabab qualified for the quarter-finals after defeating Al Fateh 2-1 in the Round of 16.

Al Nassr are heading to the Al-Shabab Club Stadium to face Al Shabab in the quarter-finals of the King’s Cup. The Knights of Najd went head to head against Al Riyadh in the Saudi Pro League before this upcoming fixture. Al Nassr’s Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scorecard for the night. By the final whistle, the game ended 4-1 in favour of Ronaldo and Co. Al Nassr made it to the quarter-finals due to Sadio Mané‘s goal in extra time against Al Ettifaq.

Kick-Off:

Monday, 11 December 2023 at 11:30 PM IST (6:00 PM UK)

Location: Al-Shabab Club Stadium

Form

Al Shabab (in all competitions): D-L-D-L-W

Al Nassr (in all competitions): W-D-L-D-W

Players to Watch

Yannick Carrasco (Al Shabab)

The former Atlético de Madrid winger has 4 goals in the King’s Cup and is the current top scorer in the competition. Yannick Carrasco will be making his third game appearance in the Cup against Al Nassr. The player also has 2 goals and 3 assists in the Saudi Pro League this campaign.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nassr)

The 38-year-old goal-scoring machine has made just a single appearance in the King’s Cup. Ronaldo received a yellow card last time out in the Cup. He will be eager to open his goal-scoring account in this competition having already scored 16 goals in the Saudi league.

Match Facts

  • In their last 5 meetings, Al Nassr are unbeaten against Al Shabab
  • Al Shabab’s Yannick Carrasco is the current top scorer in the King’s Cup with 4 goals while Al Nassr’s Ronaldo is the Saudi Pro League top scorer with 16 goals
  • Last time both sides in August, Al Nassr won 4-0 in that game

Injury & Team News

The Croatian football manager Igor Bišćan of Al Shabab witnessed two sent-offs from his side last game. As that game was of the Saudi Pro League, the red card suspension won’t be triggered in this fixture. A hamstring injury will make left back Moteb Al-Harbi’s selection doubtful.

Al Nassr’s prolific player Anderson Talisca was sent off in the Round of 16 tie against Al Ettifaq. He will be suspended in this quarter-final fixture. Left-back Alex Telles is out with a muscle injury. Right back Nawaf Al-Boushail is also out injured. Khalid Al Ghannam has some physical discomfort and will be assessed before the match.

Head to Head

Total Matches – 20

Al Shabab wins – 5

Al Nassr wins – 10

Draws – 5

Predicted Lineup

Al Shabab predicted lineup (4-5-1):

Kim (GK); S. Al Yami, Santos, Saiss, H. Al-Yami; Carlos, Cuellar, Banega, Alqahtani, Carrasco; Radif

Al Nassr predicted lineup (4-2-3-1):

Alaqidi (GK); S. Al Ghanam, Alamri, Laporte, Yahya; Brozovic, Fofana; Ghareeb, Otavio, Mane; Ronaldo

Match Prediction for Al Shabab vs Al Nassr

Without Anderson Talisca, we have seen time and time again that Al Nassr’s game plummets. Now in the quarter-final stage of a knockout competition, minor details make a lot of difference. But Al Nassr still has a well-rounded and robust team which might secure the win.

Prediction: Al Shabab 0-2 Al Nassr

Telecast for Al Shabab vs Al Nassr

India – SonyLiv

UK – N/A

USA – Paramount +

Nigeria – N/A

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