Al Ittifaq vs Al Tai Match Analysis & Prediction
21/09/2023 6:00 pm
Al Ittifaq will be looking to keep the pressure on the leaders of the Saudi Pro League when the face Al Tai at Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium on Thursday.
The hosts are currently in fifth place in the league standings on 13 points after the first six matches, while the visitors are in ninth position and five points behind their opponents here.
Al Ittifaq secured a crucial three points last week, beating Abha 3-1 on the road, with Moussa Dembele, Robin Quaison and Hamed Al Ghamdi all finding the net before Karl Toko Ekambi got a consolation for his side in stoppage time.
With that result, Steven Gerrard’s side recorded their fourth win in six matches, while their only defeat so far this season came against the current league leaders Al Hilal at the end of last month.
Al Ittifaq are unbeaten at home this season with two wins and a draw in their first three matches and have only suffered one defeat in their last nine competitive games on home soil.
Meanwhile, Al tai’s first six matches of the 2023-24 league season have been average at best, with two wins, three losses and a draw in their most recent game against Al Hazem over the weekend.
Kresimir Rezic’s major concern at the moment will be his side’s lack of goals, as they failed to score in three of their six matches and have only managed three goals so far, which is the lowest of any side in the division.
While Al Tai have a very good record against this opponent over the last two seasons, their away form has taken a notable dip in recent times, failing to win any of their last eight league matches on the road either side of the break.
Al Ittifaq vs. Al Tai Head to head
In the 18 previous meetings between these two teams, Al Ittifaq have claimed seven victories while Al Tai have won nine, and they have drawn in two. Al Tai have scored 22 goals and conceded 30 in the process.
06/12/2019Al Ittifaq2Al Tai1King's Cup
23/09/2021Al Tai4Al Ittifaq2Saudi League
19/02/2022Al Ittifaq0Al Tai1Saudi League
26/08/2022Al Ittifaq1Al Tai2Saudi League
10/02/2023Al Tai2Al Ittifaq0Saudi League
Al Ittifaq Team News
Vitinho has not featured since being substituted against Al Hilal two weeks ago and has been ruked out for the foreseeable future, which will likely mean that Dembele will lead the line on his own.
Congolese international Marcel Tisserand will also miss out as he recovers from a muscle injury, although he could be back for next week’s game against Jeddah.
Al Ittifaq's Last 5 Matches
18/08/2023Al Hazm0Al Ittifaq2Saudi League
24/08/2023Al Ittifaq1Al Khaleej1Saudi League
28/08/2023Al Hilal2Al Ittifaq0Saudi League
02/09/2023Al Ittifaq3Damak1Saudi League
16/09/2023Abha1Al Ittifaq3Saudi League
Al Tai Team News
Despite maintaining a consistent 4-5-1 formation for the most part in the opening stages of the season, Rezic has shuffled his side a fair amount, and he could make a few more changes this time as well.
Virgil Misidjan missed out against Al Hazem and could return to the starting XI, while Bernard Mensah will be hoping that his goal was enough to earn him anoher start in midfield this week.
Al Tai's Last 5 Matches
19/08/2023Al Ittihad2Al Tai0Saudi League
24/08/2023Al Tai0Al Wehda3Saudi League
29/08/2023Al Ahli2Al Tai0Saudi League
01/09/2023Al Tai1Abha0Saudi League
16/09/2023Al Hazm1Al Tai1Saudi League
Al Ittifaq vs. Al Tai: Odds and Predictions
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