Al Riyadh vs Al Fayha Match Analysis & Prediction
22/09/2023 6:00 pm
Al Riyadh will be looking to end a four-game losing run when they host Al Fayha at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium on Friday in the Saudi Pro League.
The hosts are struggling at the bottom end of the table heading into this week;s encounter, while Al Fayha are also without a win in over four matches at the start of the new season.
Al Riyadh’s losing run in the league extended to four matches last Friday with a 6-1 defeat to current league leaders Al Hilal at a venue where both sides play their home games.
Yannick Ferrera’s side sit 16th in the league standings after picking up just four points from their opening six matches this season, with only Damac and Al Hazm earning fewer in the early weeks of the campaign.
The hosts have an issue at the back, with Al Riyadh conceding 16 goals in their first six games, three more than any other side in the division.
Meanwhile, Al Fayha come into this match after a disappointing start to their AFC Champions League campaign on Tuesday, losing 1-0 away at the Asgabat Stadiony against Ahal of Turkmenistan.
Things have not been working so great domestically either for the club, and apart from an opening-day victory over Al Khaleej on August 12, Al Fayha have not picked up a victory.
Sitting 10th in the league standings after picking up six points from as many matches, Vuk Rasovic’s side will be targeting Friday as an ideal time to collect their second maximum of the season, especially considerig that they face title-chasing Al Ittihad next week.
Former Rangers man Fashion Sakala scored the opener when Al Fayha earned a respectable draw an Neymar’s Al Hilal earlier in the campaign, with that point in Riyadh being their only positive result away from home this season.
Al Riyadh vs. Al Fayha Head to head
In the six previous meetings between these two teams, Al Fayha have claimed two victories while they have drawn in four.
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23/08/2014Al Fayha1Al Riyadh1Division 1
27/12/2014Al Riyadh0Al Fayha1Division 1
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Al Riyadh Team News
Al Riyadh remain without the services of 26-year-old Zaid Al Bawardi this Friday, with the goalkeeper yet to feature for the club since making the switch from Al Shabab in the summer transfer window.
The absence of the former Al Nassr man will mean that Martin Campana will regain his place in goal despite a challenging start to the season.
Al Riyadh's Last 5 Matches
17/08/2023Damak2Al Riyadh2Saudi League
24/08/2023Al Riyadh0Al Ittihad4Saudi League
28/08/2023Al Raed3Al Riyadh0Saudi League
01/09/2023Al Riyadh0Al Akhdoud1Saudi League
15/09/2023Al Hilal6Al Riyadh1Saudi League
Al Fayha Team News
Al Fayha have an injury concern in defence ahead of Friday, with centre-back Husein Al Shuwaish being forced off at halftime in the defeat to Al Shabab last time out in the Saudi League.
Mokher Alrashidi played the second half alongside compatriot Sami Al Khaibari in that loss, and that pairing is expected to start in this one.
Al Fayha's Last 5 Matches
25/08/2023Al Fayha0Al Hazm0Saudi League
28/08/2023Abha2Al Fayha1Saudi League
01/09/2023Al Fayha0Al Raed0Saudi League
15/09/2023Al Fayha0Al Shabab1Saudi League
19/09/2023Ahal1Al Fayha0AFC Champions League
Al Riyadh vs. Al Fayha: Odds and Predictions
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