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The highly ambitious Al Ettifaq led by Steven Gerrard collected just 1 point from their last 2 matches. Now they are up against a Damac side that are yet to win but recorded 3 consecutive draws. Here is all the latest team news from both camps and our Al Ettifaq vs Damac predicted lineups.
The game is scheduled for Saturday, September 02nd and will be played at Prince Mohamed bin Fahd Stadium in Ad Dammam. The kick-off time is 19:00 GMT. Now, let’s look at all the team news and also at our Al Ettifaq vs Damac predicted lineups.
Al Ettifaq vs Damac Predicted Lineups and News
Before we go into more details regarding the Al Ettifaq vs Damnac possible lineups we’ll give you the latest team news for each team and what that means for their overall strength.
Team news: Al Ettifaq
Al Ettifaq brought the Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard to be their new manager as the club began aggressive investment in top talent from Europe. One of Gerrard’s first signings was his ex-Liverpool teammate Jordan Henderson, who has also become Al Ettifaq’s new captain. So, the English feeling in the middle of the Saudi desert is pretty strong and Al Ettifaq have big targets this season.
— Ettifaq Club (@Ettifaq_EN) July 27, 2023
Al Ettifaq started well and recorded back-to-back wins. They then dropped their first points when held to a frustrating 1-1 home draw by the modest Al Khaleej. This was followed by a 0-2 loss vs the mighty Al Hilal. These last 2 results exposed weaknesses and showed that when Henderson isn’t playing Al Ettifaq struggle to control the midfield.
Al Ettifaq are likely to be without Vitinho. He got hurt in the last match and has been missing from training since. The team’s new captain Jordan Henderson is fully fit though and should start. Influential centre-back Tissenard also hopes to overcome a minor problem on time and play.
Al Ettifaq Predicted Lineups (4-3-3):
Victor – Abdulrahman, Tisserand, Hendry, Al-Khateeb – Henderson, Ozdemir, Hazazi – Quaison, Dembele, Ali
Team news: Damac
Damac remain winless but they recorded 3 consecutive draws. Led by the Romanian specialist Cosmin Contra Damac know how to play hard and they are not afraid to sit deep and soak up pressure. Last Monday Damac should have recorded their first win when they led 2-0 at home vs Al Fateh. Instead, they had to settle for a point after a poor second half.
Damac have lost just once in the last 5 meetings with Al Ettifaq though (W2 D2). They also kept clean sheets in 3 of the last 4 matches between the teams. Another interesting stat shows that in all of the last 4 clashes between the teams, there had been a red card shown. Will this trend continue?
Damac Predicted Lineups (3-4-2-1):
Zeghba – Chafai, Al Shammani, Al Bedane – Al Hawslawi, Antolic, Munshi, Al Ammaar – Al Bishi, Nkoudou – Ceesay
Will Vitinho play for Al Ettifaq?
Al Etttifaq’s star striker Vitinho, 2 league goals already, looks set to miss. He got hurt in the last match and hasn’t been seen training since.
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