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⁠Saudi Pro League: Al Ettifaq vs Al Ahli: Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Published at :March 28, 2024 at 1:32 PM
Modified at :March 28, 2024 at 1:32 PM
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Manav Chowdhury


Matchday 25 of the 2023-24 season is set to be underway

Sitting two positions below the league leaders, Al Ahli have accumulated 47 points from 24 rounds, whereas Al Ettifaq have gathered 35 points, currently placing them in the 6th position in the Saudi Pro League standings. In their recent three matches, Al-Ettifaq secured seven points, registering victories with scores of 2-0 and 3-0 against Damac FC and Abha, respectively. Their match against Al Tai resulted in a 1-1 draw. As they prepare to face a formidable opponent, Al-Ettifaq are determined to exert maximum effort to achieve a positive outcome from this upcoming fixture.

In their recent three matches, Al Ahli managed to accumulate four points. They initially secured a point in a 1-1 draw with Al Fateh FC, then earned three points with a 0-1 victory over Al-Taawoun. However, their momentum was halted with a 0-1 defeat against Al Nassr FC. Looking to narrow the gap between themselves and the second-placed team, Al Ahli recognizes the importance of maintaining consistency in their performance.

Kick-Off:

Friday, 29th Mar 2024, 07:00 PM (GMT), 03:00 PM (EST)

Saturday, 30th Mar 2024, 12:30 AM (IST)

Stadium: Abdullah Al Dabil Stadium

Form

Al Ettifaq Form (All Competitions): D-W-W-L-W

Al Ahli Form (All Competitions): L-W-D-W-L

Players to Watch

Moussa Dembele (Al Ettifaq)

Dembélé’s primary strength lies in his ability to make penetrating runs behind the defensive line. He frequently positions himself as centrally as feasible to receive passes beyond the opposition’s defense, yet still within the goal’s width.

Utilizing his remarkable acceleration, he swiftly distances himself from his markers, affording him the time needed to adjust his pace and line up his shots. When shooting with his left foot, Dembélé typically emphasizes power. While his link-up play when not making runs behind can be effective, his optimal performance is achieved when he is facing forward.

Riyad Mahrez (Al Ahli)

In the Saudi Pro League, there are only a handful of players whose first touch and close control rival that of Mahrez. His ability to bring the ball under control with exceptional precision sets him apart from other talented wingers. Unlike many elite players who often need two touches, Mahrez typically requires just one touch, enabling him to swiftly execute his next move with remarkable speed and sharpness, making him a challenging opponent to defend against.

His combination of balance, skill, and poise allows him to effortlessly evade opponents, while his longer stride distinguishes him from other top-level dribblers. Despite his slender physique, Mahrez exhibits surprising strength on the ball, adding another layer to his already formidable skill set.

Match Facts

  • The most common result of matches between Al-Ittifaq FC and Al-Ahli Saudi FC when Al-Ittifaq FC is playing at home is 1-2. 3 matches have ended with this result.
  • Their last meeting was a draw. (0-0)
  • In the last 5 meetings, Al-Ittifaq FC won 2 and Al-Ahli Saudi FC won 2, 1 draw.

Injury and Team News

Demarai Gray will be sidelined for the upcoming fixture for the home team due to a red card received in the previous match. On the other hand, Ettifaq have no injury concerns heading into the game.

Gabriel Veiga and Abdullah Otayf from the away team will be sidelined due to injuries, rendering them unavailable for this match.

Head-to-Head

Matches: 33

Al Ettifaq: 8

Al Ahli: 16

Draws: 9

Predicted Lineup for Al Ettifaq vs Al Ahli

Al Ettifaq Predicted Lineup (4-3-3):

Victor(GK); Otaibi, Hendry, Madu, Shamrani; Wijnaldum, Medran, Fofana; Ekambi, Dembele, Camara

Al Ahli Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1):

Mendy(GK); Majrashi, Demiral, Ibanez, Yaslam; Kessie, Alasmari; Mahrez, Firmino, Maximin; Buraikan

Match Prediction for Al Ettifaq vs Al Ahli

This match holds significant importance for both teams, as they are striving to secure as many points as possible in the league. The away team anticipates a formidable challenge but possesses the necessary quality to compete against the opposition. They are poised to emerge victorious in this match and secure all three points.

Prediction: Al Ettifaq 0-2 Al Ahli

Telecast for Al Ettifaq vs Al Ahli

India – Sony Network, SonyLIV

UK – DAZN, Sky Sports

USA – FOX Sports, ESPN

Nigeria – Sporty TV

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