Al Ittihad vs Al Hilal predicted lineups: Will the Blue Wave drown the Tigers again?

The two giants of the Saudi league Al Ittihad and Al Hilal face each other in another exciting duel. Both teams will be without their biggest summer signings and yet the quality of players that will take to the pitch guarantees an excellent show and close battle. Here is all the latest team news from both camps and our Al Ittihad vs Al Hilal predicted lineups.

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The game is scheduled for Friday, September 01st and will be played at Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium in Jeddah. The kick-off time is 19:00 GMT. Now, let’s look at all the team news and also at our Al Ittihad vs Al Hilal predicted lineups.

Al Ittihad vs Al Hilal Predicted Lineups and News

Before we go into more details regarding the Al Ittihad vs Al Hilal possible lineups we’ll give you the latest team news for each team and what that means for their overall strength. And if you don’t want to miss any of the action you can watch the game on TV too.

Team news: Al Ittihad

Al Ittihad are the only team yet to drop points or concede a goal – 4 wins and 12-0 goal difference in those. The Tigers have been roaring so far but now they face a team they haven’t beaten since April 2021. Al Ittihad took just 1 point from their last 4 clashes against the Blue Wave and they lost their last 2 home matches in this fixture. That said Al Ittihad come into the match on an impressive 10-game unbeaten run at home (W9 D1).

Of all the foreign starts that have joined Al Ittihad their best player so far has been playmaker Hamdallah. He has 4 goals in 4 rounds and has provided 2 assists too.

Star striker Karim Benzema got hurt in the last round and he is absent now. Recently signed Jota (from Celtic) is the likeliest player to spearhead the attack in his absence. Starting centre-back Hegazy has been out all season too. This hardly felt though as the Tigers are yet to concede.

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

Grohe – Al-Olayan, Hawsawi, Sharahili, Alshanqeeti – Kante, Fabinho – Romarinho, Hamdallah, Coronado – Jota

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 spent it on many top players. The biggest signing of the summer for Al Hilal is the signed from PSG’s Brazilian superstar Neymar.

Al Hilal beat Abha 3-1 away from home at the start of the campaign thanks to Malcom’s hat trick. They ended up winning 2 more times in the next 3 rounds with their only slip-up so far a 1-1 home draw vs Al Fayha.

Yet to be able to use all of their big summer signings together and the tested warrior Malcolm carries the burden still. He has 4 goals in 4 rounds.

Centre-back Hyun-Soo Jang has been nursing an injury recently. He has yet to play. Also, two of the big summer signings Koulibaly and Neymar won’t be available due to injuries. Another of the top players Milinkovic-Savic sits this one out suspended. Even without those the squad is stuffed with talent and the newest addition to it the ex-Fulham striker Aleksandr Mitrovic might be leading the attack from the off. In that case, Malcolm will drop to play on the flank.

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

Bono – Al Shahrani, Al Bulayhi, Jahfali, Abdulhamid – Neves, Kanno – Al Dawsari, Michael, Malcolm – Mitrovic

Will Karim Benzema play for Al Ittihad?

Al Ittihad’s star striker Karim Benzema has sustained an injury in the last round and he won’t be available.

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