Al-Sadd vs Al-Gharafa by Sors
Al Sadd ended a five-game winless streak in 2016 with two consecutive victories over Al Khor on Feb. 19 (3-1/away) and Al Arabi on Feb. 28 (3-1/home).
The hosts are already without Muriqui (forw.), who was top scorer of the team with eleven goals, but still have enough quality in the midfield and in attack in Xavi (midf. / 2 goals), Hassan Al-Haidos (midf. / 8 goals), Nadir Belhadj (midf. / 3 goals), Khalfan Ibrahim (midf. / 3 goals), Hassan Ahmed (forw. / 3 goals), etc. and today a promising young player like Baghdad Bounedjah (forw.) is set to make debut for the club.
On the other hand, the hosts continue to struggle in defense, despite the fact that the club signed with two experienced players in January in Pedro Miguel (def.) from Al Ahli and Morteza Pouraliganji (def.) from Tianjin Teda: Al Sadd conceded one or more goals in every of its previous seven competitive games in 2016 and managed to keep clean sheet only once in nine home games this season.
Al Gharafa is in the middle of the standings in this league, with a comfortable six-point advantage over the teams in the relegation zone.
However, more important for my bet is that the club signed with two very experienced players in Vladimir Weiss (midf.) from Lekhwiya and Krisztian Nemeth (forw.) from Sporting Kansas City in February, which Al Gharafa turned into a team with a fearsome attack, as the guests have scored a total of eleven goals in their last four games in the league against Al Arabi (2-3/home), Al Jaish (2-2/away), Al Wakra (3-2/home) and Umm Salal on Feb. 27 (4-4/away).
At the same time, the guests conceded a total of eleven goals in those four encounters, which is the reason why they won just once in this period (1-2-1 11/11).
I expect more than three goals in this match between the teams of Al Sadd and Al Gharafa.
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