Saudi Pro League Game : Preview Al Ettifaq vs Al Raed | Date: November 4, 2023 | Time: 23:30 Hrs. | Location: Prince Mohammed Bin Fahd Stadium, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
As game week 12 commences, we, Proleaguefootballsaudi.com share preview of Al Ettifaq vs Al Raed scheduled for Nov. 4, 2023 at 23:30 Hrs local time.
Al Raed will play Al Ettifaq at the Abdullah Al-Dabil Stadium on Saturday in an attempt to move up out of last place in the Saudi Pro League.
After defeating Al Wehda 3-2 at home in the most recent round, the hosts secured their seventh-place standing in the table, which is far better than that of the visitors, who lost to Al Fateh 2-1 at home.
Preview: Al Ettifaq vs Al Raed
For the past 30 days, Al Ettifaq has lost three times and drawn one, with their lone victory coming last Saturday against Al Wehda. They have only been winning once in approximately a month.
They are currently in seventh place with 20 points after losing to Al Fateh and Al Riyadh and drawing with Al Ahli. Despite their inconsistent play, they are only three points behind Al Fateh in fourth place and have everything to play for in the remaining games of the season.
In midweek, Steven Gerrard’s team was also eliminated from the King Cup after losing 1-0 to Al-Nassr in extra time, even though Al Ettifaq had a player advantage and played almost the whole second half on the offensive after Anderson Talisca of Al-Nassr was sent off in the eleventh minute of stoppage time in the first half.
With three wins, one tie, and five games played at home this season—the lone loss coming against Al Fateh nearly a month ago—the team’s home record is still quite good.
Al Raed, on the other hand, has lost five games in the Saudi Pro League, each with two or more goals given up, and has gone not just one, but two months without a victory.
Al Hazm and Al Fateh defeated us by a single goal in the two matches played following the international break in October.
This season, Igor Jovicevic’s team has played away from home, going winless in their first five games and only collecting two of a possible fifteen points.
They have only scored four goals on the road this season, which makes them the second-worst offensive team in the league.
Midfielder Ali Hazazi, who was shown an obvious red card in the King Cup match against Al-Nassr, will not be playing for the hosts this time around.
Although Abdullah Al-Khaibari could start in his place on Saturday, he was a crucial member of the team in central midfield alongside captain Jordan Henderson and his former Liverpool teammate Georginio Wijnaldum.
The absence of Moussa Dembele, who tops Al Ettifaq’s scoring charts with seven goals this season, is another injury setback for Gerrard’s team.
Although he is directly replacing him, the Frenchman’s goal-scoring ability has not been matched by Robin Quaison.
Before to the game on Saturday, the visitors are expected to field a 4-4-2 formation as normal because they are not facing any suspensions or injuries.
The three most productive players for Al Raed this season—Amir Sayoud, Mohamed Fouzair, and Karim El Berkaoui—have scored eight goals between them in the team’s first 11 Saudi Pro League games.
Possible Line-up: Al Ettifaq vs Al Raed
Al Ettifaq possible starting lineup:
Victor; Yousef, Tisserand, Hendry, Al-Shamrani; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Al-Khaibari; Gray, Al-Kuwaykibi, Quaison
Al Raed possible starting lineup:
Moreira; Al-Dosari, Gonzalez, Loum, Al-Jayzani; Normann, Al Bishi, Sunbul, Fouzair; Tavares, Saayoud
Our Goal Prediction: Al Ettifaq 3-1 Al Raed
Despite losing to the visitors in the middle of the week, Al Ettifaq remains the team with far greater offensive potential. Gerrard’s team will be keen to build on their most recent league victory and move past the heartbreak of the week’s loss. Their previous victory was a sign of things returning to normal before things took a turn for the worse in early October