Saudi Pro League Game: Al Ittihad vs Al Fateh | Date: September 21, 2023 | Time: 23:30 Hrs. | Location: Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal Stadium, Jeddah,
Al-Ittihad Saudi Arabian Club نادي الإتحاد العربي السعودي is going head to head with Al Fateh Sports Club نادي الفتح الرياضي starting on 21 Sept 2023 at 23:30 Hrs . The match is a part of the Saudi Professional League. Currently, Al Ittihad rank 3rd, while Al Fateh hold 7th position. Looking to all updates on Al Ittihad and Al Fateh, stay connected with Proleaguefootballsaudi.com for all updated news and team details.
Al Ittihad vs Al Fateh: Preview
Al Ittihad will host Al Fateh on Thursday in Saudi Professional League round seven after winning the first day of the new AFC Champions League season.
The Role Model travel to the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium hoping to defeat the hosts and make it three wins in a row after losing all five of their previous encounters since March 2021.
Al Ittihad won the Group C opener against FC AGMK at home by a score of 3-0 to get their 2023–24 AFC Champions League campaign off to a strong start.
At the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium, it was a story of two halves as Romarinho’s two goals in the first half and Haroune Camara’s goal in the 11th minute were enough to seal the visitors’ opening-day loss.
The team led by Nuno Espirito Santo now focuses on the Professional League after beating Al Akhdood on September 14 thanks to a goal from Karim Benzema in the second half.
Before that, the Tigers’ perfect start to the new Saudi top-flight season came to an end when, on September 1, they fell 4-3 to Al-Hilal, snapping a four-match winning streak.
Al Ittihad are now ranked second in the Saudi Pro League standings with 15 points after six games, one point behind league leaders Al-Hilal who are currently first. They are tied on points with third-place Al-Ahli.
Al Fateh, on the other hand, picked up consecutive victories for the first time this season last Friday at the Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium when they thrashed Al-Khaleej 3-1.
The visitors were put on the board by a brace from Moroccan midfielder Mourad Batna in the first half, and after Sofiane Bendebka added a third in the 66th, Fabio Martins’ late penalty brought Al-Khaleej back into the game.
At the Prince Abdullah Bin Jalawi Stadium on September 2, Firas Al-Buraikan, Lucas Zelarayan, Sofiane Bendebka, and a brace from Batna all scored goals in a 5-1 drubbing of a 10-man Al-Ahli.
Al Fateh are now unbeaten in their three away games this season after last Friday’s outcome. They have victories against Al-Akhdood and Al-Khaleej, with a 2-2 draw against Damac on August 29 sandwiching the two triumphs.
The team of Slaven Bilic currently sits seventh in the league standings with 11 points after winning three and drawing two of their first six games. However, with a victory on Thursday, they might move up to fourth position.
Ahmed Hegazy, an Egyptian defender who has been out of play since suffering a torn cruciate ligament in May, is still unavailable to Al Ittihad.
Goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Jadani, 32, who has been out with an ACL injury for a while, is listed alongside him on the team’s injury list.
Abderrazak Hamdallah, a Moroccan international who was pulled off hurt against AGMK on Monday just before halftime, is a significant question mark for the Tigers.
This season, Romarinho has been one of Al Ittihad’s top players. The Brazilian attacker, who has contributed to six goals in his previous five games, will be one to watch.
Ali Mukhtar, who is on loan from Al Nassr and will miss one game after receiving a red card against Al Khaleej last time out, will be missed by Al Fateh.
In his place, veteran midfielder Mohammed Al-Fuhaid, along with Sofiane Bendebka and 23-year-old Abbas Sadiq Alhassan, will compete for his first season start.
Al Ittihad possible starting lineup:
Al-Mayouf; Shanqeeti, Hawsawi, Sharahili, Kadesh, Bamasud; Kante, Fabinho; Romarinho; Al-Amri, Camara
Al Fateh possible starting lineup:
Rinne; Buhumaid, Denayer, Saadane, Baattia; Bendebka, Alhassan, Al-Fuhaid; Zelarayan, Tello, Batna
Al Ittihad vs Al Fateh:Prediction
Al Fateh has had a successful recent run of successes, but they now face the daunting test of a tougher and more powerful adversary in Al Ittihad. The Tigers have had the upper hand in this matchup, going undefeated in 16 of their last 20 meetings. We predict Al Ittihad will take all three points in front of their home fans