Al Ahli vs Al Nassr Preview, Prediction and Betting Tips | SPL

Al Ahli vs Al Nassr Preview, Prediction and Betting Tips | SPL

Al Ahli vs Al Nassr Match Preview

Al Ahli vs Al Nassr will take place at the King Abdullah Sports City in the Saudi Pro League on March 15 as the second and third placed teams lock horns.

The hosts enter this game on the back of a mixed run of form. They have recorded two wins, two draws and one defeat in their last five games across competitions. In that spell, Al Ahli have scored 10 goals but have also conceded a worrying seven goals. Their last outing was a narrow 1-0 away win against Al-Taawoun. Currently third in the SPL and six points behind their next opponents, they were looking for a win to close the gap.

The visitors, on the other hand, seem to be on a downward spiral heading into this game. After four consecutive wins, they recorded one draw and have lost each of their last three games since. In those defeats, Al Nassr have scored five times and conceded seven times. Their last outing saw them crash out of the AFC Champions League in heart-breaking fashion after a 3-1 defeat to Al-Ain on penalties (4-4 agg.). They were looking to put that setback behind them with a win in the next game.

With that said, let’s take a look at the team news coming out of both camps.

Team News

Al Ahli

Al Ahli’s Gabri Veiga in action. (Getty Images)

Manager Matthias Jaissle will have a relatively short injury list to deal with ahead of the next game. He will be without midfield duo Abdullah Otayf (cruciate ligament) and Gabri Veiga (ankle) as they are unlikely to return to action anytime soon.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Al-Majhad came off injured in the first half in their win last time around and will be assessed last minute. He is also at the risk of facing suspension, having already picked up four bookings already this season.

Al Nassr

Manager Luis Castro already had a few injury concerns to deal with, as three more players were added to the list in their game against Al-Ain.

Goalkeepers Raghed Al-Najjar and Waleed Abdullah are out long-term and will miss the foreseeable future. Anderson Talisca (muscle) is another key player who will remain sidelined for a while.

Meanwhile, defenders Abdulelah Al-Amri and Mohammed Al-Fatil came off injured in the last game and will be assessed before the next one. Abdulrahman Ghareeb scored and was then taken off injured, with his injury looking more serious than the other two.

Al Ahli vs Al Nassr
Al Nassr’s Abdulrahman Ghareeb during training. (Getty Images)

Predicted Lineups

Al Ahli

With a win in their last game, they will use the same lineup.

Predicted XI: Edouard Mendy (GK); Ali Majrashi, Merih Demiral, Abdulbaset Hindi, Saad Yaslam Balobaid; Mohammed Al-Majhad, Franck Kessie; Riyad Mahrez, Roberto Firmino (C), Allan Saint-Maximin; Firas Al-Buraikan.

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Al Nassr

Castro will be forced into making some changes after injury setbacks.

Predicted XI: Raghid Najjar (GK); Ali Lajami, Ayman Ahmed, Abdulmajeed Al-Sulaiheem, Alex Telles; Abdullah Alkhaibari, Marcelo Brozovic; Sadio Mane, Otavio, Ali Al-Hassan; Cristiano Ronaldo (C).

Al Ahli vs Al Nassr Head-to-Head Record

The last five competitive Al Ahli vs Al Nassr games have all been entertaining matches. Al Nassr lead the head-to-head with three wins compared to Al Ahli’s one, with the teams sharing one draw in the last five meetings.

Last 5 Games

  • Al Nassr 4-3 Al Ahli (09/23)
  • Al Nassr 1-1 Al Ahli (05/22)
  • Al Ahli 1-2 Al Nassr (11/21)
  • Al Ahli 1-2 Al Nassr (03/21)
  • Al Nassr 1-2 Al Ahli (12/20)

Prediction

Seeing the free-scoring nature of past meetings, coupled with the form both sides are in, this upcoming game is likely to be another goal-fest. However, Al Nassr seem slightly worse off considering their injury problems. Al Ahli could capitalize but will have to be at their best. This game could end in a score draw.

Prediction: Al Ahli 2-2 Al Nassr.

Betting Tips & Odds

Previous Al Ahli vs Al Nassr meetings have proven these two sides do not hold back. Both teams have scored in each of the last five meetings, with four of those seeing three or more goals scored overall.

The home team has won just once in the last five games, with the away team winning three. Additionally, Al Ahli have scored eight while Al Nassr have scored 10 goals across the last five meetings.

Tips

  • Both Teams to Score – Yes: 1.43
  • Al Ahli total Over 1.5 Goals – Yes: 1.91
  • Al Ahli to Score in Both Halves – Yes: 2.90

Match Odds

  • Al Ahli Win: 2.55
  • Draw: 3.75
  • Al Nassr Win: 2.44

Al Ahli vs Al Nassr Timings & Telecast

  • Date & Time: Friday, March 15th at 7:00 PM (GMT).
  • India: Sony Sports Network, SonyLIV app & Website.
  • UK: DAZN.
  • US: fuboTV.
  • Saudi Arabia: Shahid.

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