Al Shabab vs Al Ittifaq Match Analysis & Prediction
07/12/2023 9:00 pm
Al Ettifaq will be looking to end a four-game Saudi Pro League winless run when they travel to Riyadh to face Al Shabab on Thursday night.
The visitors sit seventh in the table after 15 matches as a result of their dip in form, while their hosts are seven points worse off in twelfth position having also not managed a win in their last three games.
In their 15 matches, Al Shabab have suffered seven defeats while only managing four victories, with the most recent of those coming at home to defending champions Al Ittihad at the beginning of November as Carlos Junior scored the only goal of the game in the opening 15 minutes.
However, Igor Biscan’s side have failed to build on that impressive result, having managed just one more point in their last three matches, firstly losing 2-1 away to Al Raed in their final game before the international break last month.
They then returned to action away at high-flying Al Ahli and took a creditable point from a goalless draw, only to again fall short in last Saturday’s encounter with Al Taawon.
Despite going ahead through Yannick Carrasco in the first half, Joao Pedro netted a quickfire brace around the hour mark to turn the game around and snatch all three points for the visitors in a 2-1 win.
With just a three-point lead over the relegation zone after 15 matches, Al Shabab will be desperate to establish an improved run to begin climbing the table, starting with a victory on home turf on Thursday.
They meet an Al Ittifaq side who are also hoping to bounce back to winning ways, having faltered in recent weeks following a strong start to the campaign under the new management of Steven Gerrard.
After 11 matches in the league, Al Ittifaq sat in a strong position on 20 points having managed six victories while only suffering three defeats, but they have failed to add any further notches to the wins column in four attempts since.
However, they have lost just once in that time, initially being held to a goalless draw by Al Raed and Al Fayha before returning from the break with a pleasing point from a 1-1 draw at home to Al Ittihad, having initially gone ahead through Georginio Wijnaldum.
Looking to build on that more positive result, the Knight of Ad-Dahna most recently travelled to face Al Okhdood on Saturday, but they had to come away empty-handed as Andrei Burca scored the only goal 17 minutes from time to condemn the visitors to a fourth league defeat of the season.
With a five-point gap to the top five and a seven-point gap to the top three, Al Ittifaq will be keen to put their brief slump behind them on Thursday and bounce back with an eighth Saudi League win of the season to improve their standing in the top half.
Al Shabab vs. Al Ittifaq Head to head
In the 37 previous meetings between these two teams, Al Shabab have claimed 18 victories while Al Ittifaq have won six, and they have drawn in 13. Al Ittifaq have scored 36 goals and conceded 57 in the process.
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Al Shabab Team News
Habib Diallo may come in to lead the Al Shabab line from the start, having settled for a substitute appearance last time out with Abdullah Radif preferred up front in their 4-2-3-1 formation.
Gustavo Cuellar is a key man in midfield and should again be joined by Hussain Al-Qahtani, while Morocco international Romain Saiss will hope to return at the heart of a back four.
Al Shabab's Last 5 Matches
31/10/2023Al Fateh1Al Shabab2 EKing's Cup
03/11/2023Al Shabab1Al Ittihad0Saudi League
09/11/2023Al Raed2Al Shabab1Saudi League
25/11/2023Al Ahli0Al Shabab0Saudi League
02/12/2023Al Shabab1Al Taawon2Saudi League
Al Ittifaq Team News
Al Ittifaq will likely remain without star forward Moussa Dembele, who has missed their last six league games after hitting seven goals in the first eight and nine in nine appearances across all competitions this season.
He will likely be joined in a front three by Demarai Gray and former Liverpool star Wijnaldum, who has six goals in his 12 appearances so far this season following a summer arrival from Paris Saint-Germain.
Al Ittifaq's Last 5 Matches
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04/11/2023Al Ittifaq0Al Raed0Saudi League
11/11/2023Al Fayha0Al Ittifaq0Saudi League
24/11/2023Al Ittifaq1Al Ittihad1Saudi League
02/12/2023Al Akhdoud1Al Ittifaq0Saudi League
Al Shabab vs. Al Ittifaq: Odds and Predictions
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