QNB Stars League - Friday Preview
Friday will see three QNB Stars League games take place, with all six sides involved looking to head into the international break on a high.
Two unbeaten sides will face off when Al Rayyan welcome Al Duhail to Al Sadd stadium in the match of the week for round two. Both sides have registered back to back wins in the campaign and something may give in this match up between two of the strongest sides in the league.
Al Rayyan have made light work of both Al Khor and Kharaitiyat in their previous games scoring seven goals and conceding just three. Michael Laudrup have drilled his side well in preseason, and will be hoping for another big performance to further underline their title ambitions. Encounters between these two teams are often defined by the finest margins, and Rayyan defender Gonzalo Viera will have to be at full concentration if they are to get the win.
Whilst for Al Duhail, they are heading into their first away match of the season following victories over Qatar SC and Al Arabi. Djamel Belmadi’s side will certainly have to show more balance than their free flowing attacking displays in recent weeks. Qatar international midfielder Karim Boudiaf is likely to be placed in a defensive midfield role for the match, and his contributions will be important if the Red Knights are to maintain their 100% record.
Al Sadd will be looking to continue winning ways against Al Gharafa in the late match at Al Sadd stadium. Jesauldo Ferriera’s side will again be targeting to stay in touch with the pacesetters in the league. Hassan Haydoos missed a penalty against Al Sailiya last time out, and the Qatar international will be looking to register his first goal of the new campaign.
Al Gharafa have been unspectacular yet solid so far this season, with their youthful side playing well under Jean Fernandez. This match against Sadd will be a real test of their capabilities in the QNB Stars League this season. Experienced keeper Qasem Burhan has pulled off a host of good saves in his opening matches of the season, and the former Qatar international will have to be in form if the Cheetahs are to come away with a shock win.
Friday’s QNB Stars League action is rounded off by Al Kharaitiyat, who are chasing their first points of the seaosn taking on Al Khor. The Thunders will be hopeful of upsetting their local rivals and Uzbeki midfielder Sanzhar Tursunov will be vital if Kharaitiyat have any chance of picking up the points.
Khor picked up their first win of the season in controversial style thanks to a late Madison winner. Laurent Banide will now be aiming to pick up back to back wins and push up the QNB Stars League standings. Iranian midfielder Soroush Rafiei was the knights standout player against Al Ahli last weekend and will have to preform again if Khor are to defeat their local rivals.