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Both Abha and Al-Hilal will hope for much better fortunes as the new Saudi Pro League season begins. Abha barely avoided the drop last term but they had one of the better home records. Al-Hilal added lots of star players from Europe recently and they are aiming very high. Here are all the latest team news from both camps and our Abha vs Al-Hilal predicted lineups.
The game is scheduled for Monday, August 14th and will be played at Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Sports City Stadium in Abha. The kick-off time is 16:00 GMT. Now, let’s look at all the team news and also at our Abha vs Al-Hilal predicted lineups.
Abha vs Al-Hilal Predicted Lineups and News
Before we go into more details regarding the Abha vs Al-Hilal possible lineups we’ll give you the latest team news for each team and what that means for their overall strength. And if you can’t make it to the stadium don’t worry, you can always enjoy all the action on TV.
Team news: Abha
Abha barely avoided the drop last season, and finished only 2 points above the relegation zone. After the poor season changed managers and since June Czeslaw Michniewicz is in charge. The Pole recorded 5 defeats in his first 7 games at the club though and Abha are tipped the struggle again.
Winger Francis Kamano from Lokomotiv Moscow is their most impressive summer signing so far. Kamano is an aggressive wide player that can play on both flanks. Added extra quality in defence too with both Noguera and Naji possible starters straight away.
Playmaker Matic is the only major injury issue. He’s been nursing a calf problem all summer and despite being back in training this game might come too early for him.
Abha Predicted Lineups (4-5-1):
Epassy – Al Oufi, Noguera, Natji, Al Qumayzi – Kamano, Krychowiak, Bguir, Al Sadi, Al Jumaiya – Caicedo
Team news: Al-Hilal
Al-Hilal lost the title they won in the 3 previous campaigns last season. Hungry to return to the top of the pile coach Jorge Jesus was given big money and he spend them on several top players. The ex-Chelsea and Napoli centre-back Koulibaly, arguably the best midfielder in Seria A Milinkovic-Savic and the Wolves playmaker Ruben Neves are just some of the names that have joined Al-Hilal already.
Al-Hilal have won 10 of the previous 13 H2Hs (D1 L2) and they will feel confident heading into this match. Al-Hilal should be in much better condition for this round 1 fixture too. They already played 5 official matches in July and August in the Asian Cup.
Striker Marega and centre-back Hyun-Soo Jang have been nursing injuries recently. Even if both are to miss Al-Hilal will still have an impressive lineup to take to the pitch. Neves and Milinkovic-Savic are set for debuts and they pretty much guarantee possession dominance.
Al-Hilal Predicted Lineups (4-5-1):
Al Owais – Abdulhamid, Koulibaly, Al Bulaihi, Al Obaid – Kanno, Neves, Michael, Milinkovic-Savic, Al Dawsari – Malcom
Will Ruben Neves play for Al-Hilal?
Ruben Neves had some fitness issues in late July due to dehydration during one of the games. He has recovered well now though and is ready to go from the off.
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