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Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej Preview, Prediction and Betting Tips | King’s Cup

Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej Preview

Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej will be the second semi-final of the King’s Cup and will be played at the Al-Awwal Stadium on May 1.

The hosts will enter this contest on the back of a strong run of form. They have lost just twice in their last eight games across competitions, registering wins in all the other six games. In that span, they have scored an impressive 23 goals and conceded just seven goals. However, the two defeats are bound to have stung as they came against Al-Ain in the AFC Champions League, which led to elimination, followed by defeat in the Saudi Super Cup Final against Al Hilal. Having defeated Al Khaleej 1-0 in the league in their last game, they will be confident of repeating the feat.

The visitors, on the other hand, will enter this contest on the back of a mixed run of form. They too have lost just twice in their last eight games across competitions. However, Al Khaleej has won three and drawn three of the remaining six games as they sit 11th in the Saudi Pro League. Currently, they find themselves in somewhat of a slump as they are winless in their last three. They lost 4-1 to Al Hilal and 1-0 to Al Nassr, with a 1-1 draw against Al Taawoun sandwiched between the losses. Now, they were looking to change their fortunes.

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

Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej Team News

Al Nassr

Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej
Al Nassr’s Anderson Talisca. (Getty Images)

Stand-in manager Vitor Severino will continue to oversee the first team in Jorge Jesus’ absence due to medical reasons. He will have most of the squad fit and ready, barring two long-term absentees. Custodian Waleed Abdullah (leg) and Anderson Talisca (muscle) have missed several games and will be out for the next one too.

Abdulrahman Ghareeb picked up a knock in their 1-0 win last time and was subbed off after 39 minutes. He will be reassessed before the next game to determine availability.

Al Khaleej

Manager Pedro Emanuel will have a fully fit squad available for selection for their next game and will hope they put their best foot forward. All the regulars featured in their last game and will be expected to do so again next week.

Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej Predicted Lineups

Al Nassr

Severino will stick with the winning combination and will field the same lineup from the last game.

Predicted XI: David Ospina (GK); Mohammed Al-Fatil, Aymeric Laporte, Abdulelah Al-Amri; Sultan Al-Ghannam, Abdullah Alkhaibari, Marcelo Brozovic, Alex Telles; Otavio, Abdulrahman Ghareeb; Cristiano Ronaldo (C).

Al Khaleej

Emanuel, too, will stick with the same lineup from the last game.

Predicted XI: Ibrahim Sehic (GK); Saeed Al Hamsal, Mohammed Al-Khabrani (C), Lisandro Lopez, Pedro Rebocho; Mansour Hamzi, Naif Masoud, Ivo Rodrigues; Khaled Narey, Mohamed Sherif, Fwaz Altryes.

Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej Head-to-Head Record

These two sides have met fairly often in the last decade or so. However, Al Nassr have been dominant over the last five meetings, registering four wins, while the teams have shared one draw.

Last 5 Games

  • Al Khaleej 0-1 Al Nassr
  • Al Nassr 2-0 Al Khaleej
  • Al Nassr 1-1 Al Khaleej
  • Al Khaleej 0-1 Al Nassr
  • Al Khaleej 0-3 Al Nassr
Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej
Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej ended in a 1-0 win for the former. (Getty Images)

Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej Prediction

Considering the sheer gap in quality between these two sides and their respective positions in the table, Al Nassr are strong favourites to win this contest. They have the better momentum and a greater number of wins in their last five matches, indicating that they will secure another win.

Prediction: Al Nassr 3-0 Al Khaleej.

Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej Betting Tips & Odds

Both teams have not scored in each of their last five meetings, as Al Nassr has not conceded a single goal against Al Khaleej for a total of 360 minutes across five matches. Both teams have failed to score in three of Al Khaleej’s last five matches, while the same has occurred in three of Al Nassr’s last five games. The run looks likely to continue.

Betting Tips

  • Both Teams to Score – No.
  • Match Result – Al Nassr.
  • Match Total – Over 2.5 Goals.

Match Odds

  • Al Nassr Win: 1.41
  • Draw: 4.60
  • Al Khaleej Win: 5.75

Al Nassr vs Al Khaleej Timings & Telecast

  • Date & Time: Wednesday, May 1st at 7:00 PM (GMT).
  • India: Sony Sports Network, SonyLIV app & website.
  • Saudi Arabia: Shahid TV