Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Predicted lineup, injury news, head-to-head, telecast

Matchday 18 of the Saudi Pro League 2023-24 is set to be underway

Winning games has come easily to Al Hilal on their patch of late. Al Hilal played Al Wehda last Friday, running out comfortable 2-0 winners in the end. Saud Abdulhamid opened the scoring in the twentieth minute and Aleksandar Mitrovic continued his fine run in front of goal with Al Hilal’s second goal of the game ten minutes from the end.

Abha, on the other hand, has found the going extremely tough on their travels in the last few months. Abha would have been hoping to pick up three points from their last game against bottom-of-the-table Al Hazm but had to settle for a share of the spoils in the end. A tight and tense first half ended goalless but Al Hazm took the lead against the run of play shortly after the hour mark. Abha needed a response and they got one eleven minutes from time when Grzegorz Krychowiak equalised. Abha will want to get something from this match as they are very near to the relegation battle.

Kick-Off:

Thursday, 21st Dec 2023, 11:30 PM (IST), 06:00 PM (GMT), 01:00 PM (EST)

Location: Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium

Form

Al-Hilal Form (All Competitions): W-W-W-W-W

Abha Form (All Competitions): D-L-L-L-L

Players to Watch

Aleksandar Mitrović (Al-Hilal)

Aleksandar Mitrović is the prototypical number 9, an old-fashioned, physically imposing striker who is capable of holding the ball up with his back to goal and getting into goal-scoring areas. He is in fine form and it seems that he is unstoppable for the opponents. He is the biggest threat inside the box as his finishing is one of the best in the league.

Uroš Matić (Abha)

He is a brilliant midfielder and is a brother of Nemanja Matic. He is very smart in his gameplay and known for his passing and vision. He will have to play a very important role giant the home side if they want to get something from the match. He will be a player to watch out for Al-Hilal.

Match Facts

  • In the Saudi Pro League, Al-Hilal Saudi FC have 8 successive home wins.
  • Abha Club haven’t scored in 3 of their 8 away matches in the Saudi Pro League this season.
  • The winner of their last meeting was Al-Hilal FC.

Injury and Team News

Al-Hilal Star player Neymar will be the only player who will be out due to injury and he is expected to return next year. All other players are fit and ready for the match.

They don’t have any injury concerns and no player is suspended for the match.

Head-to-Head

Matches: 14

Al-Hilal: 11

Abha: 1

Draws: 2

Predicted Lineup for Al-Hilal vs Abha

Al-Hilal Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1):

Bono(GK), Koulibaly, Abdulhamid, Bulaihi, Berik, Savic, Neves, Michael, Malcom, Dawsari, Mitrovic

Abha Predicted Lineup (4-3-3):

Tatarusanu(GK), Qumayzi, Sahafi, Noguera, Naji, Matic, Sudani, Krychowiak, Bguir, Ekambi, Kamano

Match Prediction for Al-Hilal vs Abha

Considering both team’s forms, it will be an easy win for the home team which will continue its winning form and will stay on top of the table.

Prediction: Al-Hilal 3-0 Abha

Telecast

India – Sony Network

UK – DAZN, Sky Sports

USA – FOX Sports, ESPN

Nigeria – Sporty TV

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