Al Arabi vs Al Shamal by Goleador
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Qatar, Stars League
Gameday 4: Al Arabi - Al Shamal
Today also something from another country, not only from Austria. Al Arabi last year on fifth place in Qatar Stars League plays against the promoted team from Qatars 2nd league, Al Shamal. Both teams have three games played this season: Al Arabi is with four points in 8th spot, Al Shamal with two points 10th of 12.
After problems in the year 2011 and 2012 the club invested a lot of money before the season. Quality players like Dejagah from Fulham (6.3 Mio; former clubs: Hertha BSC, Wolfsburg, Fulham), Ezekiel (8 Mio; Standard Liege), Paulinho (8 Mio; AS Livorno) and Hernandez (5 Mio; Getafe, Valencia, Swansea) are new and should help the team to reach higher goals. The start in this season was far from perfect: a win against Al Khor, a draw against Al Gharafa and a loss vs last years 2nd El Jaish. The last two mentioned opponents weren´t weak team honestly, but today three points are the only thing that counts.
Al Shamal promoted last year and now with the goal to stay in Stars league, after not being in the highest league since 2009. New players are Dagano and Haddad. Dagano is from Al Sailiya, where he scored 13 goals last season, but he didn´t score for his new club until now. Shamal also played three games, drawing two of them at home, against Umm Salal (9th, 7th last season) and Kharitiyath (11th, 12 last season) and losing vs Al Wakrah (6th, last season 9th). These were not very strong team in comparison to the team, that is the opponent today.
From the squad it is a big quality difference, and I think also without the new stars at Al Arabi home team would have advantages here. Also the last five H2Hs back to 2007 were all won by Al Arabi. Odds are dropping, as they are too high at the time.
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