Sat 27 May 2023 8:39 am - Jerusalem Time
Saudi Championship: Al-Ittihad is a win away from being crowned
Al-Ittihad must beat its host Al-Fayhaa to be crowned champion of the Saudi Football League for the first time since 2009, when they meet on Saturday at Al-Majmaa Sports City Stadium in the twenty-ninth and penultimate stage.
Al-Ittihad, which is three points away in the lead, needs to win to guarantee the title, regardless of the outcome of its direct chaser, Al-Nasr, who is a guest of Al-Ettifaq.
Al-Ittihad's task will not be easy for Al-Fayhaa, who managed to avoid losing in the last three matches and seeks to avoid relegation.
Al-Ittihad did not perform the expected performance in its last match against Al-Batin, whose relegation was confirmed, but it achieved the most important thing, which is the three points, and it strives to overcome the obstacle of its host to win the league title. The federation is counting on its quartet of Brazilian goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe, Bruno Henrique, Igor Coronado, Romarinho, the Egyptian Ahmed Hegazy, the Moroccan Abd Al-Razzaq Hamdallah, Madallah Al-Olayan and Ahmed Sharahili.
On the other hand, Al-Nasr hopes to reap the points of its host, Al-Ettifaq, at Prince Muhammad bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam, hoping that Al-Ittihad will falter to preserve its chances of winning the title and postpone the decision until the last stage.
Al-Nassr enters the match with high spirits after its exciting victory over its neighbor Al-Shabab by three after it was two goals behind, relying on its Portuguese top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, fifth on the scorers list with 14 goals.
On the other hand, after the results of the tenth agreement improved with 33 points, it suffered two losses against Abha with a double and Al-Fateh with a clean four, which put it back in the circle of danger again, and despite some absences in its ranks, it aspires to win or at least draw to formally move away from relegation accounts.
Al-Ittifaq has good players such as Brazilian Paulo Victor, Swedish Robin Quaison, French Youssef Nyakateh, Tunisian Naim Al-Sleiti and Ahmed Al-Ghamdi.
After Al-Batin became the first to be relegated to the First Division, the second card became confined to seven clubs, but in varying proportions.
Saturday featured three matches when the ninth Major (33 points) received the penultimate fifteenth Gulf (27), and the thirteenth unit (29) and the fourteenth Al-Adalah (27) were guests of the eighth Al-Taei (34) and the last Al-Batin (19).
Al-Raed and its guest Al-Khaleej set the three points as their goal when they meet at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Buraidah.
Al-Raed needs a tie to decide his survival, while the Gulf is looking for the perfect score, to preserve his chances of survival, especially since he has been presenting great levels recently, the last of which was the victory over Al-Wahda by four.
On the other hand, Al-Wahda is trying to take an important step towards survival, when it faces its host Al-Taie at Prince Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Jalawi Stadium in Hail.
Al-Taei, who has ensured survival, is seeking to overcome its negative results in the last three matches, which it lost all of, while Al-Wahda is looking forward to winning and returning with the three points that may be sufficient for survival, if one of its pursuers, whether the Gulf or Al-Adala, stumbles.
Justice plans to take advantage of the shaky morale of the players of its subconscious host to search for a lifeline in order to survive.
Justice must win and maintain his fortunes until the last stage.