QNB Stars League Week 15 — Thursday Preview


Al Kharaitiyat will host Al Sailiya in the opening match of Week 15 in the QNB Stars League at the Al Khor Stadium on Thursday. The kick-off is at 18:45.

Al Sailiya, on 23 points, will look to continue their winning ways, having beaten Al Markhiya 4-1 last week. They had suffered a 0-6 defeat at the hands of Al Sadd in the previous week and had drawn 1-1 with Al Arabi in Week 12. Yet, The Peregrines were lucky to have stayed fourth.

However, Sam Trabelsi’s men cannot afford to drop points if they are not to lose the fourth position to Umm Salal who are breathing down their neck with three points adrift of them.

The good form of Wagner Ribeiro, Valentin Lazar and Temurkhuja Abdukholiqov augurs well for Al Sailiya who look the better side on cards.

Al Sailiya will have the services of defender Dragos Gregor, back from a two-match injury lay-off. The Romanian had missed their last two matches due to an injury he sustained during their Week 12 game against Al Arabi.

Meanwhile, Al Kharaitiyat are going through a rough patch that saw them languish at the 11th position with just nine points.

The 0-2 loss to Al Khor last week also resulted in Tunisian coach Ahmad Al Ajlani’s dismissal. His replacement, Yasser Sebaie, has a tough task on hand.  The Syrian has been associated with the club for the past five years and knows the players well. So that should stand him in good stead.

Moroccan forward Rachid Tiberkanine leads their charge.