Al Jazira vs Bani Yas by Sors

The appointment of Henk ten Cate in January was definitely a good move for Al Jazira, as the hosts ended the last campaign by winning their first trophy since 2013 (UAE President’s Cup) and began the new season in the Arabian Gulf League in a good shape, having recorded three victories and a draw in the previous four rounds (3-1-0 10/2).


The hosts have considerable potential in attack in Mbark Boussoufa (m / 4+0), Thiago Neves (m / 2+0), Jefferson Farfan (m / 3+2), Ali Makbhout (f / 4+4) and the new signing Ailton Almeida (f / 1+0), while Al Jazira’s defense (which is traditionally considered the weaker part of this team) showed significant improvement in the last two games, as the hosts managed to keep clean sheet against Al Sharjah on Oct. 15 (3-0/home) and Ittihad Kalba last Friday (3-0/away).


Henk ten Cate has a full squad to choose from, although the new signings Joao Carlos (d / 1+0) and Ailton Almeida are still not ready to play a full 90 minutes.


Baniyas has obvious problems in early season, as the guests have recorded six defeats and two draws in eight competitive games and won just one point from their previous four games in the league against Al Ain (0-1/away), Dibba Al Fujairah (1-1/home), Al Shabab (0-2/away) and Hatta (2-3/home).Paulo Repetto was sacked after Saturday’s 2-3 loss to Hatta and was replaced by Jose Manuel Gomes, who will make his Baniyas debut today.


However, the 46-year-old Portuguese manager will hardly be able to make significant changes for only five days and although the motivation of the players is usually on its highest level under such circumstances, I doubt that the guests will manage to win something against an opponent in a great shape like Al Jazira.


I think that the hosts are capable to cover this handicap.


Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Al Jazira - 1 EH Bet365 2.05 8 5-0 WON (+8.4 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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