Al Duhail vs Al Rayyan — 19th August, 2018 @ 19:35, Khalifa International Stadium
The Al Duhail vs Al Rayyan match-up on Sunday, 19th August, highlights the QNB Stars League’s Week 3 action. The kick-off is at 19:35 at the Khalifa International Stadium.
Al Duhail will be keen to continue from where they left off last season. The 2017-18 season QNB Stars League champions will have only victory in mind when they play host to Al Rayyan.
It has to be seen whether Al Rayyan, the third-placed side last season, will stop Al Duhail, who had also annexed the Qatar Cup and Emir’s Cup last season, on their tracks.
Al Duhail will also be keen to avenge their defeat in the season-opening Sheikh Jassim Cup, where they lost to Al Rayyan on penalties.
Al Duhail have six points, but are currently second in the standings behind Al Sadd on goal difference. Al Rayyan stand third with four points.
Al Duhail would not want to drop points at any stage if they are to retain the title, while Al Rayyan have already lost two points following their 1-1 draw with Umm Salal in Week 2.
The Red Knights miss injured players Karim Boudiaf and Ismail Mohammed, who both are recovering from surgery. However, they have the likes of Moroccan striker Yousef El Arabi, the league’s top scorer in the last two seasons, South Korean attacking midfielder Nam Tae-Hee, new recruit Edmilson, Lucas Mendes, wily forward Almoez Ali and young Bassam Al Rawi.
Al Rayyan are without their Moroccan spearhead Abderrazaq Hamdallah through injury. New recruit, Argentinian striker Jonathan Menendez, is a doubtful starter as he awaits his papers from former club Independiente.
However, they have Rodrigo Tabata, Sebastian Soria, Khalfan Ibrahim, Abdulrahman Al Harazi, Daniel Goumou, Gonzalo Vieira and South Korean Koh Myong-Jin.