Abha vs Al Ettifaq Predicted Lineups: All Eyes on Ekambi

At the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium, Abha and Al Ettifaq are gearing up for a Saudi Pro League showdown on Saturday afternoon.

Al Ettifaq, boosted by their recent 3-1 triumph over Damac, seeks to climb the league ladder, with just five points separating them from the top spot, held by Al Ittihad who played a game more.

In contrast, Abha is eager to bounce back after a narrow 1-0 loss to Al Taee. With a history of closely contested matches, both teams are hungry for points. On their home turf, Abha hopes to secure another victory thanks to home advantage.

Abha vs Al Ettifaq Predicted Lineups: All Eyes on Ekambi
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Abha vs Al Ettifaq Predicted Lineups and News

After five matches, the visiting team is in a strong position to challenge league leaders Al Ittihad. A victory against Abha on Saturday would bring them within just two points of the top spot.

On the flip side, Abha finds themselves in mid-table, facing a challenging stretch with three losses in their last five games and a struggle to string together consecutive victories. Their recent encounter against Al Ta’ee ended in a narrow defeat, courtesy of a late goal by Andrei Cordea.

A victory against a formidable Ettifaq would not only propel them higher in the standings but also provide some much-needed breathing space.

Team News: Abha

Abha’s Karl Toko Ekambi made a memorable debut by scoring in his first game and aims to continue his scoring form after the international break.

Saad Dguir, sidelined due to a knock, may return to action. Additionally, the recent loan addition, Ziyad Al Sahafi, might make his debut, possibly facing his former club in the upcoming match.

Abha Predicted Lineup

Tătăruşanu; Saleh Al Qumayzi, Fabián Noguera, Zakaria Al-Sudani, Mohammed Naji; Saad Alselouli, Uroš Matić, Grzegorz Krychowiak, François Kamano; Ahmed Abdu, Karl Toko Ekambi.

Team News: Al Ettifaq

Al Ettifaq’s new signing, Demarai Gray, may make his debut for the away side, having recently joined from Everton. Meanwhile, Moussa Dembele has been in impressive form, netting four goals in his first five matches since signing with the team. His performance makes him a player to watch in this matchup.

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Abha faces a challenge with the absence of key midfielder Faisal Al Ghamdi, who was sold to Al Ittihad and won’t be available for the match. However, fans can anticipate the debut of Georginio Wijnaldum, adding intrigue to their lineup.

Al Ettifaq Predicted Lineup

Paulo Victor; Hamdan Al-Shammrani, Abdullah Khateeb, Jack Hendry, Mohamed Abdulrahman; Ali Abdullah Hazazi; Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohammed Al-Kuwaykibi, Robin Quaison; Moussa Dembélé.

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Will Wijnaldum Make His Debut?

Wijnaldum, who joined Al Ettifaq on September 2, has yet to make his debut. With the departure of their key midfielder Al Ghamdi to Al Ittihad on Sep 7, this could be the opportunity for Steven Gerrard to test his new signing. Local fans are too eager to see their new star player in their team colors.

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