Umm Salal, Al Arabi keen to extend winning streak


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The QNB Stars League Round 4 match between Umm Salal and Al Arabi looks to be a tough one because both sides will be keen to extend their winning streak in the competition. Umm Salal had blanked Al Ahli and Al Arabi got the better of Qatar SC in Round 3.

The match, which will kick off at the Al Gharafa Stadium at 19:40 on Saturday, 14th October, is expected to be full of excitement.

Umm Salal are now third on seven points with victories over Al Kharaitiyat and Al Ahli, and draw versus Al Gharafa. They have scored five goals and conceded only one.

Al Arabi are eighth with three points from one victory, against Qatar SC in Round 3, while they lost to Al Sailiya and Al Duhail. They have three goals to their credit and six against. However, The Dream Team is showing signs of improvement after every game, as was evident from their 1-1 draw with Umm Salal and 2-2 draw against Al Markhiya in the QSL Cup recently.

Both teams know each other well and coaches are also sure to know the strengths and weaknesses of the rivals. Umm Salal’s Egyptian coach  Mahmoud Jaber has already faced off with Al Arabi’s Tunisian trainer Qais Yaqoubi when he was at the helm of Al Wakrah last season.

Both sides have key players in different positions. Umm Salal rely on a strong frontline led by Ivorian Yannick Sagbo, Syrian Mahmoud Al Mawas, Maher Yossef and Ismail Mahmoud, with Youssef Sikor in the midfield and Adel Rahili at the rear.

Al Arabi boast mainly of Khalfan Ibrahim, Syrian Mardik Mardikian, Ahmed Khalfan, Tunisian Ammar Al Jamal and Iraqi Saad Nateq.