Al Markhiya Vs Al Arabi, Al Ahli Vs Umm Salal in QSL Cup on Monday
Two QSL Cup Group B matches have been scheduled for Monday, 9th October. Al Markhiya will lock horns with Al Arabi at the Al Shamal Stadium from 17:35 and Al Ahli face off with Umm Salal at the Al Gharafa Stadium, the kick-off time being 19:45.
All four teams are seeking full points in the second round of competition. These fixtures assume significance, given that the QNB Stars League resumes after a fortnight-long break with Round 4 action on Saturday and Sunday.
Al Markhiya versus Al Arabi — crucial clash
The encounter between Al Markhiya and Al Arabi evokes much interest. Al Markhiya will be keen on extending their good run, having defeated Al Sadd 2-0 in the previous round. On the other hand, Al Arabi will look for their first victory, having been held by Umm Salal.
It will be a good platform for Al Markhiya to test their strengths ahead of their big fixture against Al Rayyan in Round 4 of the QNB Stars League on Sunday, 15th October.
Al Arabi are next up against Umm Salal on Saturday, 14th October.
Al Ahli versus Umm Salal — repeat face-off
Al Ahli and Umm Salal are again matching their wits following their recent game in Round 3 of the QNB Stars League, which Umm Salal won 2-0. However, this time, the scenario will be different as both teams know the rivals’ strengths and weaknesses. The big questions are ‘will Al Ahli make a turnaround or will Umm Salal continue their spark this season?
Al Ahli had lost to Al Rayyan 0-2 in the QSL Cup’s Round 1 whereas Umm Salal and Al Arabi played out a 1-1 draw.