QNB Stars League Week 10 — Friday Preview
The QNB Stars League’s Week 10 matches on Friday are Qatar SC vs Al Kharaitiyat (16:00) and Al Khor vs A Sadd (18:10). Qatar SC play at home, while Al Khor take on Al Sadd at the Khalifa International Stadium.
Qatar SC vs Al Kharaitiyat
Bottom side Qatar SC will look to stem the rot under new coach Abdullah Mubarak, who replaced Argentinian Gabriel Calderon last week, when they face a fired-up Al Kharaitiyat.
Qatar SC earned a point last week, by holding Umm Salal, after a long run of defeats that followed their victory over Al Markhiya in Week 2, on 22nd September. The draw took their points tally to four.
The Kings’ fortunes from now on will largely depend on how well Abdullah succeeds in regrouping the present group of players. He has wide experience in Qatar, having coached erstwhile Lekhwiya, Al Sailiya and Al Ahli. In 2009, he helped Al Ahli earn promotion to the top flight.
Al Kharaitiyat are on a high after their morale-boosting victory over Al Ahli. The Thunders had lost big-time to Al Duhail in the previous week. Moroccan Rachid Tiberkanine is their trump card.
The second win took Al Kharaitiyat from ninth to seventh position with nine points.
Al Khor vs Al Sadd
Al Sadd are deprived of the services of Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah for up to two months as he is nursing a fracture on his right leg. His absence will, to some extent, have an impact on their results at a time when The Wolves are trailing leaders Al Duhail by four points, after losing to them last week, and second-placed Al Rayyan by three.
Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira has to bank on the experience and expertise of Xavi Hernandez, Jugurtha Hamroun, Hassan Al Haidous and Morteza Mohammed. Their defence will be strengthened by the return from a shoulder-injury layoff of defender Pedro Miguel.
Midfielder Ahmed Bader Sayyar has also recovered from his injury.
Al Khor will be eyeing a hat-trick of wins, having beaten Al Sailiya in Week 9 and Qatar SC in Week 8. Brazilian attacking midfielder Madson and Iranian import Soroush Hossein lead their charge.
Playing at the refurbished Khalifa International Stadium should further inspire them. This will be the second QNB Stars League match, after last week’s Al Rayyan vs Al Gharafa game, to be played at the first 2022 FIFA World Cup venue to be completed.
It was decided to organise matches there to give Qatar’s wider footballing family an opportunity to experience the stadium and also to test venue operations and management.