QNB Stars League Week 2 – Al Gharafa vs Al Rayyan
Monday, 7th September, 2020
20:30 kick-off at Al Gharafa Stadium
Al Gharafa face Al Rayyan in Week 2 of the 2020-21 season QNB Stars League. The kick-off is at 20:30 at the Al Gharafa Stadium on Monday, 7th September, 2020.
This is the heavyweight encounter of Week 2, featuring two clubs with rich history as well as tradition besides many titles and honours to their credit.
Al Gharafa had finished a creditable fourth in the 2019-20 season, behind champions Al Duhail, Al Rayyan and Al Sadd in that order, whereas Al Rayyan ended up as runners-up, just one point behind Al Duhail.
Al Gharafa, coached by Serb Slavisa Jokanovic, thus ensured a berth in the next edition of elite Qatar Cup and a possible place in next year’s AFC Champions League play-off.
The Cheetahs are on a high after beating Qatar SC 2-0 in the opener, while Al Rayyan, under Uruguayan Diego Aguirre, dropped two points after being held 1-1 by Al Sailiya.
Al Gharafa have the likes of Ahmed Alaaeldin, Sofiane Hanni, Jonathan Kodjia and Adlene Guedioura, who returned from a long injury layoff in the match against Qatar SC, to match the star-studded line-up of Al Rayyan, so a fierce fight is a foregone conclusion.