Al Ittihad vs Al Fateh Match Analysis & Prediction
21/09/2023 9:00 pm
Fresh off the back of an opening-day victory in the new AFC Champions League campaign, Al Ittihad host Al Fateh in round seven of the Saudi Pro League on Thursday.
Al Ittihad got their 2023-24 AFC Champions League campaign off to a flyer as the claimed a 3-0 home victory over Uzbekistan side FC AGMK in the Group C opener on Monday.
It was a tale of two halves at the Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium as a first-half brace from Romarinho and Haroune Camara’s 11th-minute strike were enough to condemn the visitors to an opening-day defeat.
The Tigers now turn their attention to the Saudi League, where they returned to winning ways on September 14 when they beat Al Akhdoud through a second-half goal from Karim Benzema.
Prior to that, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side saw their perfect recerd in the new Saudi League campaign come to an end when they lost 4-3 to Al Hilal on September 1 to end their four-game winning run.
With 15 points from the opening six matches, Al Ittihad are currently second in the league standings, level on points with third-placed Al Ahli and one behind league leaders Al Hilal.
Meawhile, Al Fateh picked up successive wins for the first time this season when they beat Al Khaleej 3-1 at the Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium last Friday.
Moroccan midfielder Mourad Batna scored a first-half brace to set the visitors on their way and after Sofiane Bendebka added a third in the 66th minute, Fabio Martins pulled one back for Al Khaleej with a late penalty.
This followed a 5-1 thrashing of 10-man Al Ahli at the Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium on September 2 through goals from Firas Al-Buraikan, Lucas Zelarayan, Sofiane and a brace from Batna.
With last Friday’s result, Slaven Bilic’s side are now unbeaten in their three away matches this season, picking up wins over Al Akhdoud and Al Khaleej, with a 2-2 draw against Damac on August 29 sandwiched between the two victories.
Al Fateh have picked up three wins from their opening six matches while losing once and claiming two draws to collect 11 points and sit seventh in the league table, but could move into fourth place with all three points on Thursday.
Al Ittihad vs. Al Fateh Head to head
In the 35 previous meetings between these two teams, Al Ittihad have claimed 15 victories while Al Fateh have won nine, and they have drawn in 11. Al Fateh have scored 49 goals and conceded 70 in the process.
04/11/2021Al Ittihad3Al Fateh0Saudi League
20/12/2021Al Fateh2Al Ittihad3King's Cup
06/05/2022Al Fateh4Al Ittihad4Saudi League
07/10/2022Al Ittihad3Al Fateh1Saudi League
18/03/2023Al Fateh1Al Ittihad5Saudi League
Al Ittihad Team News
Al Ittihad remain without the services of Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazy, who has been out of action since coming off with a cruciate ligament rupture back in May.
He is joined on the club’s injury table by 32-year-old goalkeeper Abdullah Al-Jadani, who also continues his lengthy spell on the sidelines through an ACL injury.
Al Ittihad's Last 5 Matches
24/08/2023Al Riyadh0Al Ittihad4Saudi League
28/08/2023Al Wehda0Al Ittihad3Saudi League
01/09/2023Al Ittihad3Al Hilal4Saudi League
14/09/2023Al Akhdoud0Al Ittihad1Saudi League
18/09/2023Al Ittihad3AGMK0AFC Champions League
Al Fateh Team News
Al Fateh will have to make do with the absence of Al Nassr loanee Ali Mukhtar, who will serve a one-game suspension after picking up a red card against Al Khaleej last time out.
In his absence, veteran midfielder Mohammed AlFuhaid will push for his first start of the season, forming the midfield trio with Sofiane and 23-year-old Abbas Sadiq Alhassan.
Al Fateh's Last 5 Matches
18/08/2023Al Akhdoud1Al Fateh3Saudi League
25/08/2023Al Fateh0Al Nassr5Saudi League
29/08/2023Damak2Al Fateh2Saudi League
02/09/2023Al Fateh5Al Ahli1Saudi League
15/09/2023Al Khaleej1Al Fateh3Saudi League
Al Ittihad vs. Al Fateh: Odds and Predictions
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