QNB Stars League — Round 7 Saturday Preview


The QNB Stars League’s seventh-round action on Saturday features the matches between Al Sailiya and Umm Salal (Al Ahli Stadium 17:15) as well as Al Kharaitiyat and Al Arabi (Al Khor Stadium 19:25).

Al Sailiya vs Umm Salal

The clash between the fourth and fifth-placed teams at the Al Ahli Stadium will surely be a keenly-fought one, given that only one point separates Umm Salal and Al Sailiya, the latter being on 12. Umm Salal will fight hard to stay in the top four and Al Sailiya to break into the lead quartet.

They both have four victories each to their credit after the completion of six rounds. While Umm Salal drew one and lost one match, Al Sailiya lost two games. In Round 6, The Orange Fortress got the better of Al Khor 1-0 and The Peregrines easily defeated Qatar SC 5-1.

Going by statistics, Umm Salal are the best of 12 teams in terms of defence, conceding only six goals, the least by any team. On the contrary, Al Sailiya’s frontline has scored the most number of goals (17) along with Al Rayyan.

So, Al Sailiya’s Valentin Lazar, Wagner Ribeiro, Dragos Grigore and Temurkhuja Abdulkholikov will be up against Umm Salal’s hardworking defenders and fast-moving forwards like Yannick Sagbo, Mahmoud Al Mawas and Ismail Mahmoud.

Al Kharaitiyat vs Al Arabi

Al Arabi will badly look for points when they travel to Al Khor to play Al Kharaitiyat.

Al Arabi are languishing at the 10th position with only one victory, against a heavily-demoralised Qatar SC. The Dream Team’s Tunisian coach Qais Yaakoubi repeatedly says he has full confidence in his players, but their results are not matching their performances.

They had also put up strong performances against Al Sadd in the ‘Qatar derby’ and Al Ahli in their last match, which was drawn 2-2. They have high-quality players like Mardek Mardikian, Diego Jardel, Khalfan Ibrahim and Hamad Ismail.

Al Kharaitiyat, who drew goalless with Al Markhiya in the last round, also have one win, against Al Gharafa, and are placed seventh. Tunisian coach Ahmad Al Ajlani has somewhat succeeded in making them a fighting unit even though he has rued his players’ lack of concentration that has cost them dear on more occasions than one.

The Thunders’ offence revolves around Moroccan professional Rachid Tiberkanine, who will be supported by Josue Mohy, Sanjar Tursunov, Anwar Diba and Mohammed Abdulrab.