Al Sailiya vs Al Gharafa — Friday, 9th March, 2018 @ 18:00, Al Ahli Stadium

QNB Stars League Week 20

The QNB Stars League Week 20 match between Al Sailiya and Al Gharafa is highly relevant for both teams with a common interest. Al Gharafa will be keen to stay in the fourth position, while Al Sailiya want to get back to the spot which they occupied for long. The kick-off is at 18:00 at the Al Ahli Stadium on Friday, 9th March.

Al Gharafa have 29 points, while Al Sailiya are sixth on 25 points. They both are sure to go all out to achieve their goal as only two more rounds will remain afterwards.

Al Gharafa recorded a confidence-boosting 6-1 win over Al Rayyan, while Al Sailiya lost to Al Khor 1-2 last week.

Al Gharafa have eight wins, five draws and six defeats, while Al Sailiya have won seven games, drawn four and lost eight.

The Cheetahs have 36 goals for and 31 against, while The Peregrines have scored 35 goals while conceding 34. Al Sailiya have a hurdle in the form of fifth-placed Umm Salal (28 points) in their bid to get back to the elite quartet.

Al Gharafa have made remarkable progress in the second phase of QNB Stars League. They were seventh with only 11 points and two victories at the end of the first phase. Then came Turkish coach Bulent Uygun, who replaced Frenchman Jean Fernandez, and expensive recruits — Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder and Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi.

Al Gharafa also have the likes of Rubert Jose, Diego Amado, Abdelaziz Hatem, Asim Madbo, Ahmed Alaaeldin and Othman Al Yahri.

The fact that they have registered six wins so far in the second half of the season is proof of the big stride they have made.

They are doing well in the AFC Champions League as well.

Tunisian Sami Trabelsi and his wards are keen to arrest Al Sailiya's slump that set in after an impressive run in the tournament’s first phase. Uzbek Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov (eight goals) is their top scorer. They also have quality players such as Wagner Ribeiro, Valentin Lazar and Dragos Gregore.