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The newly crowned Arab Club Champions Cup champions make their league debut in the upcoming season. The starting lineup will be altered slightly due to the unavailability of several key players, most notably Cristiano Ronaldo.
Al-Ettifaq vs Al-Nassr Predicted Lineups and News
Without Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch, the Al-Ettifaq vs Al-Nassr head-to-head match loses a little bit of appeal, but it is still interesting to see what happens at the Prince Mohamed Bin Fahd Stadium on Monday at 19:00.
Team News: Al-Ettifaq
The team that finished seventh the previous year spent a lot of money to stay ahead of its competitors. A lot of quality players have been brought in over the previous few months, but a football legend has also joined the squad.
Steven Gerrad will be in charge of leading this endeavor and competing against the league’s elite clubs. The English manager completed his contract with Aston Villa and welcomed the challenge of managing in an unfamiliar league.
Jordan Henderson was the most recent and likely most intriguing arrival. The player will offer his expertise to a team that had just welcomed Moussa Dembele from Lyon. Both will be in the lineup for Al-Ettifaq vs. Al Nassr, so we’ll see if they’re competitive enough to battle for the crown.
Al-Ettifaq Predicted Lineup: 4-3-3
Victor – Mowalad, Hendry, Velkovski, Khateeb – Henderson, Ozdemir, Hazazi – Quaison, Dembele, Vitinho
Team News: Al-Nassr
The institution was struck a heavy blow the previous season when they lost the championship to their main rivals, Al-Hilal. Even with Cristiano Ronaldo in the lineup, Al-Nassr were unable to take the league lead.
The squad spent a lot of money to bring in more world-class reinforcements. The improvement in the squad’s level was immediately obvious, as the side won the Arab Cup, with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the way with six goals.
This season, the goal is to win the championship. Sadio Mane, Marcelo Brozovic, Seko Fofana, Alex Telles, and David Ospina joined the team as a result. Because the market is not yet closed, it would not be strange if other celebrities joined the club.
Al-Nassr Predicted Lineup: 4-3-3
Al-Aqidi – S. Al-Ghannam, Lajami, Madu, Telles – Al-Khaibari, Brozovic, Fofana – Talisca, Mane, Ghareeb
Will Cristiano Ronaldo Play Today?
Due to the injury he sustained in the cup final, the Portuguese star will miss the opening matchday of the Saudi Professional League. He will be out of the squad for at least a week or two, despite the fact that it is nothing major.
The striker and goalkeeper will not be the only one missing. Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina will be out for the remainder of the season after breaking his elbow. Sadio Mane, who usually plays on the left flank while Cristiano Ronaldo is on the pitch, will take Cristiano Ronaldo’s spot as a centre-forward in the Al-Ettifaq vs Al Nassr team.
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