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Steven Gerrard is determined to get back to winning ways, and could well do so if our Al Ettifaq vs Al Fateh predicted lineups prove true to the latter. The LFC legend saw his side’s four-match winning run snapped with a dull draw against Al-Ahli recently, so he’ll hope that his side can get back to their ruthless best at the Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium this Thursday evening.
Al Ettifaq vs Al Fateh Predicted Lineups and Team News
Al Ettifaq fell slightly behind in the Saudi Pro League title race with their recent draw but could jump right into it with a win against Al Fateh. Gerrard’s side has only suffered one loss (to Al Hilal) this season and are unbeaten at home. They’ll look to rediscover the clinical edge to their attacking game to outwit fellow Saudi Pro League title hopefuls and maintain their dominant home form.
Al Fateh have had a slightly topsy-turvy start to the season, but are only three points behind Al Ettifaq in the league table. They’ve been unable to defeat a major side so far in this campaign, but have the perfect chance to ruin Ettifaq’s momentum at their own ground. They’ll look to surprise Ettifaq with a feisty counter-attacking style and sneak away with a win, which can actually help them go tied on points with Gerrard’s side in the league table.
Team News: Al Ettifaq
Gerrard will be pleased to have a fully fit squad available for the Al Ettifaq vs Al Fateh Predicted Lineups because of how important it is to have a fit unit to thrive in the Saudi Pro League title race. He will, however, have to do some thinking about the kind of players he wants to start this game after his side’s goalless draw against Al-Ahli recently.
Of course, there are no restrictions when it comes to playing non-Saudi players in the league. The English gaffer will probably aim for the most attack-minded team to entertain the fans with some scintillating attacking football, score lots of goals and help his side regain their winning momentum.
Al Ettifaq Predicted Lineup
Paulo Victor (GK), Mohammed Abdulrahman Yousef, Marcel Tisserand, Jack Hendry, Abdullah Al-Khateeb, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Ali Hazazi, Robin Quaison, Demarai Gray, Moussa Dembele
Team News: Al Fateh
Former West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic is probably going to be missing defender Jason Denayer, who has been out for the last few games due to an issue. Al Fateh are well aware of how good their opponents have been at their home this season and the kind of performance they’ll need to produce to win.
However, Bilic has a reputation for guiding his side to slay bigger sides in the past. He’ll look to have them take the fight to the hosts in the Al Ettifaq vs Al Fateh Predicted Lineups and work smartly in the transitions to rattle their backline and come away with a positive result that could build their own winning momentum.
Al Fateh Predicted Lineup
Jacob Rinne (GK), Saeed Khalid Saeed Baattia, Marwane Saâdane, Fahad Al-Harbi, Mohammed Al-Saeed, Mourad Batna, Mukhtar Ali, Sofiane Bendebka, Abbas Al-Hassan, Cristian Tello, Lucas Zelarayán
Demarai Gray gunning to break goal duck
Demarai Gray had a dramatic transfer deadline day move to Al Ettifaq last month and is still adapting to the new playing style under Gerrard. He has produced a few impressive performances so far, notching up two assists in only three appearances so far.
However, Gray’s goal-scoring quality must not be undermined. The 27-year-old winger is excellent at carrying the ball into the key scoring areas and is blessed with impressive pace too. He is quite the clinical finisher inside the box and has a powerful long-range ability in his arsenal too.
Gray scored 12 goals in his Everton career and is capable of popping up something special when his team needs it the most. The 27-year-old is desperate to finally get his first Al Ettifaq goals to win over the fans. He’ll aim to use his unpredictable style to torment Al Fateh and get himself more goal-scoring opportunities to finally break his goal duck.
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