QNB Stars League Week 9 – Al Duhail vs Al Sadd
Saturday, 2nd November, 2019
19:25 kick-off at Al Duhail Stadium
Al Duhail and Al Sadd face off in a clash of titans in Week 9 of the 2019-20 QNB Stars League. The kick-off is at 19:25 at the Al Duhail Stadium on Saturday, 2nd November, 2019.
Much will be at stake in the match as Al Duhail and Al Sadd, both having an array of star players in their ranks, are strong title contenders. The encounter between the QNB Stars League’s most recent champions is sure to have all ingredients of a thriller.
Al Duhail, coached by Portuguese Rui Faria, are the table toppers with 20 points. They have the distinction of being unbeaten so far, along with Al Rayyan. The Red Knights, who got the better of Al Gharafa in Week 8 by a 2-1 margin, have six victories and two draws, and have a goal difference of +7 (14 goals for and seven against).
Al Sadd, under the tutelage of Spaniard Xavi Hernandez, have 15 points, but they have played two matches less. Their fixtures against Al Arabi (Week 5) and Al Khor (Week 7) were deferred due to The Wolves’ AFC Champions League engagements.
Al Sadd, who beat Al Ahli 2-1 last week, have five victories to their credit. The only defeat they suffered was against Al Rayyan (2-4) in the Qatar Clasico in Week 6. They have a goal difference of +11 (20 goals for and nine against).
The two sides have met three times so far this season.
Al Sadd defeated Al Duhail in the season-opening Sheikh Jassim Cup, with Ali Asad scoring the all-important goal.
Then, in the AFC Champions League Round of 16, Al Sadd beat Al Duhail 4-2 on aggregate (1-1 draw in first leg and Al Sadd won the second leg 3-1).
However, Al Duhail will seek to repeat their performance in last season’s Amir Cup final, where they prevailed over Al Sadd.