Shabab Al-Ahly and Al-Dhafra will open the matches of the 17th round of the ADNOC Professional League, when the two teams meet at 17:30 at Rashid Stadium in Dubai, as the date of the match was brought forward for the “Dubai Knights” to play a heavy-caliber confrontation next week against Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia in the final price of the Champions League. Asia, next Monday, at Al Janoub Stadium in the Qatari capital, Doha.
Shabab Al-Ahly seeks to test its readiness before facing the AFC Champions League holders and the Club World Cup runners-up, as the “Dubai Knights” hopes to regain the top spot in the ADNOC Professional League standings after it stumbled in the last round, with a draw away from home against Al-Wahda, with a goal for each team.
The “Dubai Knights” have 33 points in second place, one point ahead of leaders Sharjah, as Al-Ahly youth seeks to “repay the debt” to Al-Dhafra, who achieved their first victory in the competition in the first round at the expense of Al-Ahly youth by winning three goals to two in the first leg.
Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim hopes that the team will achieve a moral victory before traveling to Doha, especially since the team, if it continues its campaign in the continental championship, will play the quarter-final and semi-final matches during the next two weeks.
On the other hand, Al Dhafra enters the match with the aim of returning to victories and getting out of the crisis the team is going through, after losing in the last round at home to Ittihad Kalba with two goals without a response, to complicate its position in the ranking list by stopping its balance at 7 points in the 13th place, which contributed to widening the difference with Victory in the 12th place to seven points. Although Al Dhafra finished the first round in the best possible way by defeating Dibba Al Fujairah with two goals to one, but it returned to its negative results in the second leg by losing to Al Nasr, Al Ain and Ittihad Kalba, as the team hopes to achieve a tie result at the very least against Shabab Al Ahly to enhance its chances of moving away. About the specter of relegation to the first division.
The match is presented in the 17th round, as Al-Ahly youth are linked to Al-Hilal summit.
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