Al Hilal vs Al Fayha predicted lineups: is Neymar ready for his Saudi debut?

Both teams began their season with wins. Al Hilal hit the headlines worldwide this week for another reason too. The latest superstar to join the Saudi Pro League so it happened to be arriving exactly at Al Hilal. The champions for 3 of the last 4 seasons managed to convince Neymar to come to their team and the Brazilian is poised for his debut straight away. Here are our Al Hilal vs Al Fayha predicted lineups and all the latest team news.

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The game is scheduled for Saturday, August 19th and will be played at MRSOOL Park in Hilal. The kick-off time is 19:00 GMT. Now, let’s look at all the team news and also at our Al Hilal vs Al Fayha predicted lineups.

Al Hilal vs Al Fayha Predicted Lineups and News

Before we go into more details regarding the Al Hilal vs Al Fayha possible lineups we’ll give you the latest team news for each team and what that means for their overall strength. And if you can’t make it to the stadium don’t worry, you can always enjoy all the action on TV.

Team news: Al Hilal

Al Hilal lost the title they won in the 3 previous campaigns last season. Hungry to return to the top of the pile coach Jorge Jesus was given big money and he spend them on several top players. The ex-Chelsea and Napoli centre-back Koulibaly, arguably the best midfielder in Seria A Milinkovic-Savic and the Wolves playmaker Ruben Neves are just some of the names that have joined Al Hilal already. Not satisfied with ‘only’ that Al Hilal added Neymar to their ranks this week.

Al Hilal beat Abha 3-1 away from home last weekend thanks to Malcom’s hat trick. The Brazilian was unplayable and he will be even more excited now to team up with his countryman Neymar.

Striker Marega and centre-back Hyun-Soo Jang have been nursing injuries recently. Even if both are to miss Al Hilal will still have an impressive lineup to take to the pitch. Neymar and the rested last weekend Milinkovic-Savic are set for debuts and they pretty much guarantee possession dominance.

Al Hilal Predicted Lineups (4-2-3-1):

Al Owais – Al Shahrani, Al Bulayhi, Koulibaly, Abdulhamid – Neves, Milinkovic-Savic – Al Dawsari, Neymar, Michael – Malcolm

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Team news: Al Fayha

Al Fayha are much more modest team than their hosts and their only goal this season is to avoid relegation. Still, Al Fayha began their season with a solid 3-1 home win vs Al Khaleej. Early goals from Ricardo and Sakala gave Al Fayha confidence and a decisive 2-0 lead at the break.

For the coming tough away test Al Fayha are expected to shift to a 5-man defence and sit much deeper. Soaking up the pressure and trying to hurt their hosts on fast breaks is likely to be the approach. Goalkeeper Stojkovic will have to be at his best for Al Fayha to steal something from the match.

Al Fayha Predicted Lineups (5-4-1):

Stojkovic – Al Qaydhi, Al Shuwaish, Al Rashidi, Al Baqawi, Al Safari – Sakala, Cimirot, Ricardo, Majrashi – Mandash

Will Neymar play for Al Hilal?

The big news of the past week was Al Hilal’s capture of the Brazilian superstar Neymar. The Brazilian arrived from Paris full of desire and confidence. He has had only a limited time to train with his new teammates but such is the hype to see him in action that we’re certain he will play in the coming home match.

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