Al Ahli vs Al Akhdoud predicted lineups: can Mahrez lead from the front?

Al Ahli will be committed to extending their brilliant start of the season when they entertain Al Akhdoud in the third round of the Saudi Pro League. The fixture is scheduled at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium on Thursday, 24 August.

Al Ahli vs Al Akhdoud predicted lineups and news

Saudi Pro League has made its comeback. We’ve assembled the projected lineups for Al Ahli and Al Akhdoud, accompanied by a rundown of the latest updates involving these two teams.

Al Ahli
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Team news: Al Ahli

Al Ahli travelled to Al Khaleej in the previous game in Saudi Pro League and found a comfortable 1-3 lead. Roger Ibanez gave Al Ahli the lead in just the ninth minute and the former City player recorded a strike in stoppage time before the break. Sumayhan Al-Nabit rattled the net in the eleventh minute into the additional time to bring the final change to the scoreline.

Liverpool’s star player Firmino was unable to play in the previous game due to an injury sustained during a training session. It’s anticipated that he will also be absent for the upcoming fixture. In addition to this, Matthias Jaissle is unlikely to alter the lineup, having achieved a solid form with two back-to-back 1-3 victories at the beginning of the season.

Al Ahli Predicted Lineups:

Mendy; Majrashi, Ibanez, Hindi, Alioski; Aljohani, Kessie; Mahrez, Boudebouz, Saint-Maximin; Alrashidi.

Team news: Al Akhdoud

After featuring in an unexpected draw against league giants Al Shabab, Al Akhdoud fell down to a 1-3 defeat against Al Fateh. Florin Tanase provided Al Akhdoud with the lead in the 23rd minute. However, Mourad Batna scored an equaliser in the 36th minute and Cristian Tellow notched goals in the stoppage time of each half.

Jorge Mendonca is predicted to introduce only minor adjustments to the lineup, given the team’s overall good health leading up to this game. Unfortunately, Alex Collado will be unavailable for the upcoming fixture due to a card suspension. Mohemad Al Jahif appears to be a strong contender to step in on the left side in the starting XI. He has made substitute appearances in both of the previous starting lineups.

Al Ahli
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Al Akhdoud Predicted Lineups:

Vitor; Al-Zabdani, Kvirkvelia, Burca, Khamis; Al Jahif, Pedroza, Al-Muwallad, Al-Shaekh; Tanase, Mostafa.

Will Roberto Firminio play for Al Ahli?

The Brazilian international is one of the three marquee players for Al Ahli, acquired from Liverpool on a free transfer. He was the beating heart of Al Ahli in their 3-1 away win over Al Hazen, scoring a hat-trick. He was unavailable against Al Khaleej and remains unavailable for selection for Matthias Jaissle.

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