QNB Stars League Week 12 — Al Duhail vs Al Shahania
Al Duhail and Al Shahania will open the 2018-19 season QNB Stars League’s second leg on Thursday, 8th November. The kick-off is at 17:10 at the Al Duhail Stadium.
Al Duhail are the leaders after the first leg with 28 points. The Red Knights are the only unbeaten team in the tournament. They have nine wins and one draw, with one game in hand (against Al Sadd from Week 9 that is rescheduled for 11th December because of AFC Champions League engagement).
Al Duhail have the best defence that has conceded only six goals from 10 games. They scored 27 goals to have a goal difference of +21.
Only Al Sadd (38) have scored more goals than Al Duhail and have better goal difference (+29).
Al Duhail coach Nabil Maaloul underlined the importance of the game when he spoke at the pre-match Press conference.
“This is an important match for us because it is the first game of the second leg. We want to continue at the same pace and we know that we are having a difficult game against a team that faced a number of difficulties. In the first leg, they managed to present themselves well in many matches,” said Maaloul whose team will be without regular goalkeeper Amine Lecomte and defender Lucas Mendes.
Al Shahania are also in great form. They are eighth in the table with 12 points, having won and drawn three games, and lost five. They have a goal difference of -8 after scoring 10 goals and conceded 18.
Al Shahania have not tasted defeat in their last three matches. They beat Al Sailiya in Week 9 and then drew with Umm Salal and Al Gharafa.