Saudi Pro League: Preview Al Ettifaq vs Al Ittihad | Date: November 24, 2023 | Time: 20:30 Hrs. | Location: Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
As game week 14 commences, we, Proleaguefootballsaudi.com share preview of Al Ettifaq vs Al Ittihad scheduled for Nov. 24, 2023 at 20:30 Hrs local time.
Preview: Al Ettifaq vs Al Ittihad
Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq, one of the best teams in the league, is now ranked seventh in the standings. The fact that they have only won once in their previous eight games is starting to worry the team. Al Ettifaq has only lost three of their previous 13 games, but they have struggled to complete most of their games. Although it will be a difficult task, a successful outcome at Al Ittihad will improve their chances going forward.
The reigning champions, Al Ittihad, began the season with incredible confidence and form, but they have recently faltered. Their manager Nuno Santo was fired, and the team is now led by new head coach Marcelo Gallardo. This would be Al Ittihad’s first game under the new coach. We expect to see a new approach and strategy from the team in this game if they want to save the season. Al Ittihad has seven wins, three draws, and three losses, currently placing them fifth in the league. To set a positive example for the future, they are hoping that players will react favorably to the recent setbacks.
Player to Watch
Karim Benzema (Al Ittihad)
Even though Benzema is the star of Al Ittihad, he hasn’t performed well lately. Benzema came into the league ready to destroy everyone, but in 11 games, he has only managed 8 goals. With the departure of the previous coach, Benzema will be hoping for a fresh start. He’ll be trying to build on his hat trick from the previous game.
Gini Wijnaldum (Al Ettifaq)
Gini Wijnaldum still needs to step up his game, even though he has been the driving force behind Al Ettifaq thus far. The former Liverpool midfielder must take the team’s lead in Dembele’s absence. He has four goals in the last eight games.
Injury and Team News
Al Ittihad’s camp is seriously concerned about injuries. The injury table has ten names on it. Due to cruciate ligament injuries, Jadani, Sharahi, and Hegacy are out; Abed is sidelined with groin issues; Nashri is hurt; Alolayan is hurt; and Kante, Romarinho, Jamaan, and Farhan are all questionable for this match because of niggles.
Regarding injuries, Al Ettifaq has no significant worries. Even though Dembele hasn’t fully recovered yet, he should play while Vitinho is sidelined due to a tendon injury.
Probable Line-ups: Al Ettifaq vs Al Ittihad
Al Ettifaq Predicted lineup:
Victor; Khateeb, Hendry, Tisserand, Abdulrahman; Henderson, Mahzari, Wijnaldum; Gray, Al Ghamdi, Al Kuwaykibi
At Ittihad Predicted lineup:
Al-Mayouf; Al-Hawsawi, Kadesh, Hawsawi, Al-Olayan; Al-Ghamdi, Kante, Romarinho; Jota, Benzema, Camara
Our Prediction: Al Ettifaq vs Al Ittihad
Our analysis of all the available data, including player stats and recent performances, shows that an Al Ittihad victory is the most likely outcome of this match, with a probability of 44.91%. There is a 29.84% chance that Al Ettifaq will win, and a 25.3% chance that a draw will occur.