Al Rayyan vs Al Arabi by Sureseye

On travel to league leader Lekwiyya, Al Rayyan played good and lost against what the match stats says; they outnumbered hosts shots on targets and overall had better ball possession. The second goal came for host as guests kept searching for an equalizer. It has become the least performing year for Al Rayyan who were top four finishers in previous two seasons. It is three rounds to go in the regular times of the league and today they know they have it all in their hands as a win today confirms no relegation. When been asked why his team had gone lower than expected in the season, spaniard coach Manolo Gimenez stated there are many reasons, but he would like to leave all the analyses until the end and now will just focus on the next game. Al Rayyan boasts of a good squad for this level, with two nigerian international (Uche Kalu 5/6 - elder brother of IK Uche in Villareal who could even make the world cup and well experienced Yakubu Aiyegbeni 6/0 who has toured English football well) commanding their attack lines and also Argetinian Gonzalez and Brazillian Otavio in other positions.


Al Arabi are coming off an unfair win over 13/14 placed Al Wakra away from home where they were completely outplayed even though Ziani's red card came towards the end of the match (85'). They have had a decent season so far, definitely better than last season where they could maintain their stay after winning relegation single play-off match against Al-Muadar 2-1. Their last win marked the first in past four matches as comfort continues to set in for the modest team. Brazillian coach Paulo Cesar expressed he is expecting a tough match adding that he has watched Al Rayyan's last three matches and that their position didn't suggest their actual performance. His side will have to do without important midfielder Karim Ziani (Mf 21/2).


Today's guests have improved their away performance from last seasom where they couldn't win any match on travel, but in today's derby will be having a hard time against the host who are gradually showing the form they should truly represent and couldn't make it their first straight win last time on travel to the current league leaders.


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Comments (1)
***couldn't make it their fourth (not first) straight win...
03/27/2014 - 20:57
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