Al Duhail vs Al Sadd — 1st March, 2018 @ 18:00, Al Duhail Stadium
The much-awaited encounter between QNB Stars League leaders Al Duhail and second-placed side Al Sadd highlights the Week 19 action. And sparks are sure to fly when the best two teams around fight it out on the field on Thursday, 1st March. The kick-off is at 18:00 at the Al Duhail Stadium.
Al Duhail are the only unbeaten side so far and have 48 points, while Al Sadd are close behind with two points less. The title race has practically boiled down to these two teams and whoever win this contest are almost certain to be the champions this season.
Both had registered big-margin wins last week, Al Duhail blanking Al Khor 4-0 and Al Sadd trouncing Al Ahli 5-0.
Coaches Djamel Belmadi (Al Duhail) and Jesualdo Ferreira (Al Sadd) are shrewd tacticians and are known masters in bringing the best out of the players.
In defence, The Red Knights have Lucas Mendez, Mohammed Moussa, Sultan Breik and Murad Naji, while Morteza Mohammed, Pedro, Hamed Ismail and Abdelkarim Hassan man The Wolves’ defence.
In midfield, Xavi Hernandez pulls the strings for Al Sadd supported by Jugurtha Hamroun and Ali Asad, while Nam Tae-Hee does that duty for Al Duhail ably assisted by Ismail Mohammed and Karim Boudiaf.
The attack line of the sides is equally good. Baghdad Bounedjah (12 goals) leads Al Sadd’s charge in the company of Akram Afif and Hassan Al Haydous, while Al Duhail have tournament top scorer Youssef El Arabi (22 goals), Youssef Msakni (19 goals) and Almoez Ali.
Both have the same number of victories (15). Al Duhail have scored 68 goals and conceded 20, while Al Sadd have 55 for and 17 against.
As far as the AFC Champions League is concerned, Al Duhail and Al Sadd have won both their matches and are on course to qualify for the knockout stage.
Al Duhail had won 4-2 in the first phase.