Al-Ettifaq Predicted Lineup vs Al-Wehda – Can commanding Henderson stop the Commandos’ rot?

Our Al-Ettifaq Predicted Lineup vs Al-Wehda focuses on Jordan Henderson as he looks to end his side’s three-match winless streak in the Saudi Pro League clash at the King Abdul Aziz Stadium on Saturday.

Pressure keeps growing on Steven Gerrard after a string of poor results and he desperately needs his side to get a big win to stop them from permanently falling out of the top-4 race.

Al-Ettifaq Predicted Lineup vs Al-Wehda
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At-Ettifaq Predicted Lineup vs Al-Wehda

Saudi Pro League Team News

The English gaffer will be sweating on the fitness of star striker Moussa Dembele, who surprisingly missed the last game against Al-Riyadh due to an injury. There is still no confirmed news on the extent of his knock, but Al-Ettifaq fans will be hopeful that he can return to action as soon as possible.

The Commandos do not have any injury issues apart from that, but need to significantly improve their performances. Gerrard has to change up their attacking style to make his side more potent, having only seen them score one goal in their last three games.

Predicted Lineup

Pau Victor (GK), Radhi Al Otaibi, Jack Hendry, Marcel Tisserand, Abdullah Al-Khateeb, Jordan Henderson, Giorginio Wijnaldum, Hamed Al-Ghamdi, Robin Quaison, Mohammed Al Kuwaykibi, Demarai Gray

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Al-Ettifaq vs Al-Wehda Predicted Lineup – Our top three

Jordan Henderson – Veteran star looks to ease pressure on Gerrard

Things might not be as shiny as Jordan Henderson had hoped for at Al-Ettifaq, but it’s time the England international proves his utmost quality. The Englishman has to step up his own performances, getting himself into a more influential role than just winning midfield battles.

He must steer his team forward with his driving runs and create chances with better passes, while also looking to finish off some moves clinically. Al-Wehda’s Faycal Fajr might look to trouble him with aggressive challenges, but Henderson must run through the obstacles to inspire the Commandos to victory.

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Demarai Gray – Proactive winger eager to open Al-Ettifaq account

Despite his high-profile summer move from Everton, Demarai Gray is yet to hit top gear for Al-Ettifaq. He needs to be more clinical with his final third work. Gray is yet to score a goal for the Commandos and is hungry to get that done soon.

Al-Wehda’s full-back Ali Makki will probably be tasked to keep a tight mark on him, but Gray has a few tricks that can outwit defenders. He looks to use his clever movement to get into prime areas and needs to nail his shots on target to finally open his Al-Ettifaq account.

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Robin Quaison – Swedish forward keen on ending goal drought

Al-Ettifaq really needs Robin Quaison to step up in the midst of Dembele’s absence due to their need for goals. Quaison has scored three goals in the Saudi Pro League this season, but is without a goal in four appearances.

He will probably find it challenging to lose the eye of experienced defender Oscar Duarte, and needs to be sharp in losing the defenders. More importantly, Quaison has to tap into his most clinical form to score goals and inspire a turn of form for Al-Ettifaq.

Will Ali Hazazi start vs Al-Wehda?

Experienced Saudi midfielder Al Hazazi might not be the best option to start this because of his lack of creative or goal-scoring influence. With Al-Ettifaq desperate for goals and to get a big win, Gerrard might want to keep Hazazi on the bench and play the energetic Hamed Al-Ghamdi again.

Al-Ettifaq Predicted Lineup vs Al-Wehda

Al-Ettifaq are already eight points behind Saudi Pro League leaders Al Hilal and five points behind the top three. Even though we’re in the early part of the season, if Gerrard’s side keeps continuously dropping points, they might find it impossible to get back among the top places.

The Commandos have to be more clinical and produce an efficient display to outwit the team below them in the league table and get pressure off their backs.

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