Al Hilal Predicted Lineup vs Al-Ahli – Roaring Aleksandar Mitrovic in stunning form

The in-form Aleksandar Mitrovic is in the spotlight in the Al Hilal Predicted Lineup vs Al-Ahli as the Blue Waves look to entertain their home fans at the King Fahd International Stadium in this big Saudi Pro League clash.

A win for Al Hilal can help them take a formidable seven point lead in the title race over their fellow challengers and maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Al Hilal Predicted Lineup vs Al-Ahli
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Al Hilal Predicted Lineup vs Al-Ahli

Saudi Pro League team news

Jorge Jesus’ side sustained a massive blow during the October international break when talisman Neymar picked up a nasty injury in Brazil’s 2-0 loss to Uruguay. It has since been confirmed by the Blue Waves that the winger will need to undergo knee. As a result, it’s unlikely that Neymar will be back in action anytime in 2023 for Al Hilal.

Fortunately for the Blue Waves, no other prominent player of the first-team squad is suffering from any injury issues right now. They still have a strong enough unit that can easily help them fight for the Saudi Pro League and AFC Champions League titles. However, Jesus’ tactical acumen will be put to the test against an unpredictable and quality Al-Ahli side, who will take the fight to his side and look to end their unbeaten run.

Predicted Lineup

Yassine Bounou (GK), Saud Abdulhamid, Kalidou Koulibaly, Ali Albulayhi, Yasser Alshahrani, Ruben Neves, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Michael, Malcom, Salem Aldawsari, Aleksandar Mitrovic

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Al Hilal Predicted Lineup vs Al-Ahli – Our top three

Aleksandar Mitrovic – Fiery striker eager to close in on Golden Boot race

With four goals in the last two games, Aleksandar Mitrovic is on fire for the Blue Waves. He is coming off a hattrick in the 6-0 win over Mumbai City in the AFC Champions League. Now,  Mitrovic is keen on closing in on the Saudi Pro League golden boot.

The Serbian forward will be marked tightly by Brazilian defender Roger Ibanez, who will try hassling him with rough tackles. However, Mitrovic is just flying high on momentum, which he aims to use to get into the empty areas and ruthlessly finish chances to continue his goal-scoring heroics.

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Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Commanding midfielder key to controlling midfield battle

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic will face an intimidating challenge against Al-Ahli’s impressive midfield line and has to be at his explosive best to outwit them. The midfielder will probably go up against Franck Kessie in what should be a physical, tactful battle.

Milinkovic-Savic needs to use his impressive footballing IQ and game-reading ability to outwit his opponents. Not only will he be tasked to win the duels in midfield, but also move the ball forward swiftly and create big chances with his innovative passes for Mitrovic & co.

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Malcom – Can tricky Brazilian unlock Al-Ahli’s backline?

Al Hilal will need to be at their creative best to unravel the shape of the visitors, who will probably stack their backline to frustrate them. With Neymar on the sidelines, a lot more responsibility has been placed on his compatriot Malcom.

The Brazilian has nine goal contributions in 10 Saudi Pro League this season and looks to continue working his magic in the league.  He will look to trouble defenders with his slick movement and get himself into the key attacking areas, from where he can set things up nicely or put his clinical finishing to good use.

Will Mohamed Kanno start vs Al-Ahli?

Saudi Arabia midfielder Mohamed Kanno has been a reliable midfielder for the Blue Waves, but he might struggle against the quality of the Al-Ahli midfielders. That is probably why he’s likely to be benched for this so that Milinkovic-Savic can partner Ruben Neves in the midfield pivot to help control the game better.

Al Hilal Predicted Lineup vs Al-Ahli – The final word

Al Hilal have a chance to make a statement of intent by blowing away a highly competitive Al-Ahli and taking control of the Saudi Pro League title race. The players are buzzing with confidence and look to use their impressive momentum to produce another lethal performance to move far ahead of Al-Ahli in the title race.

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