Saudi Pro League Game : Al Wehda v Abha | Date: September 22, 2023 | Time: 23:30 Hrs. | Location: King Abdulaziz Sports City Stadium, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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Al Wehda v Abha: Preview
In round seven of the 2023 Saudi Pro League season, Al Wahda will host Abha at the King Abdul Aziz Stadium to win back-to-back games.
The away team, on the other hand, travels to Mecca hoping to avoid suffering a third straight loss and turn around their league season.
Al Wahda defeated Damac on Thursday in a thrilling six-goal thriller that concluded 4-2. Al Wahda earned all four points from the game.
Odion Ighalo’s brace on either side of Assan Ceesay’s goal gave Giorgos Donis’s team a 2-1 lead going into the break. Ighalo and Craig Goodwin then scored to seal the victory and make Sultan Faqihi’s late goal irrelevant.
As a result, the Knights of Mecca are now four points behind the top four in the Saudi Pro League table, in eighth position.
The task of a rival team, which has lost in four of the last five games of this match in all competitions, is what they must face next.
The hosts on Friday will be confident that they can put on another exhibition in front of their supporters and earn a victory after scoring seven goals in three home games this season.
On Saturday afternoon at the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium, Abha suffered a discouraging 3-1 loss to Al Ettifaq.
Before Karl Toko Ekambi’s late penalty shot dragged Czeslaw Michniewicz’s team back in, goals from Moussa Dembele, Robin Quaison, and Hamed Al Ghamdi had given the opposition a mountain to climb.
The Leaders of the South are 11th in the rankings, three points and three places behind their next opponents, with six points amassed from as many games as of late.
The visitors on Friday face an uphill battle as they attempt to avoid defeat on the road for the first time since the year’s beginning after a string of 13 successive home losses.
Odion Ighalo has now scored four goals in his first four games for Al Wahda since his summer transfer after his three-goal performance over Damac.
Craig Goodwin wasted no time in introducing himself to his new employers, scoring on his first appearance as a replacement and possibly earning the right to start this time.
Toko Ekambi, who is 31 years old, scored once again for Abha’s last game, making him a forward to watch in this match.
Ziyad Al Sahafi, who had to make do with a spot on the bench against Al Ettifaq, will be trying to make his debut for the visiting team.
Al Wahda possible starting lineup:
Atiah; Al Muwallad, Bakshween, Al Hafith, Hawsawi; Fajr, Al Haji; Goodwin, Anselmo, Van Crooy; Ighalo
Abha possible starting lineup:
Tatarusanu; Al Qumayzi, Noguera, Jamal, Naji; Al Salouli, Matic, Krychowiak, Kamano; Al Shammeri, Toko Ekambi
Al Wehda v Abha: Prediction
22 goals have been scored in total in Al Wahda’s six games this season, and we anticipate another goal fest here. Having said that, we are betting on Al Wehda to hold off the threat posed by Abha and win the game in the end.