Saudi Pro League Preview

Riyadh giants Al-Hilal holds top spot with a four-point gap after defeating Al-Ahli and are proving to be the leading contenders to lift the title. It will be interesting to see who will rise to the occasion and challenge Al-Hilal for that top spot.

Friday 3 October

7/4 Al-Tai | Draw 21/10 | Al-Fayha 14/10 (17:00)

Al-Tai delivered in their previous match ending a string of disappointing results. The win ended a four-game winless streak and having back-to-back home fixtures will motivate the players to replicate the same performance and collect another important three points. Al-Fayha lost to Al-Nassr previously ending a four-game unbeaten streak. The Mills of Sudair lost their previous meeting with Al-Tai and will be determined to get their revenge. Junior Sakala is the clubs leading goal scorer and the man to look out for in this encounter. Al-Fayha to snatch the victory away from home.

52/10 Al-Fateh | Draw 37/10 | Al-Hilal 4/10 (17:00)

Al-Fateh have hit the sweet spot in recent weeks and have won four matches in a row. They up to fourth place on the log standings and full of confidence. The Sons of the Palm have scored 14 goals and conceded 3 in their last three home fixtures. It won’t be a surprise if they go for the win here. Al-Hilal continues to dominate and prove that they are the front runners to lift the league title this season. The win against Al-Ahli previously is their fourth in five games and have opened a four-point gap at the top of the log standings. The Riyadh giants have not lost away from home this season and will be looking to keep that run alive with another win on the road. Al-Hilal to win.

7/2 Al-Shabab | Draw 51/20 | Al-Ittihad 13/20 (20:00)

Al-Shabab are looking to rectify their mistakes after a 2-1 loss to Abha. Having won their previous two home fixtures in fine fashion will bring out the best of the home team and potentially pulling off an upset against a misfiring Al-Ittihad. Al-Ittihad are going through a rough patch and are winless in their last four outings. The draw to Al-Hazm last time out sees them drop to sixth place and eight points behind leaders Al-Hilal. This is a must win for the defending champions. Back the away win despite the disappointing results lately.

Saturday 4 October

5/4 Abha | Draw 43/20 | Al-Akhdoud 37/20 (17:00)

Abha picked up a massive three points in their victory against Al-Shabab. The fans will get behind their team as they look to make it two consecutive victories on home soil. Al-Akhdoud come into this fixture in poor form after three consecutive defeats. A massive turn around in attitude a determination is required if they look to come away with a positive result. Abha to win at home.

6/10 Al-Ittifaq | Draw 26/10 | Al-Raed 37/10 (20:00)

A late 3-2 comeback victory for Al-Ittifaq over Al-Wehda sees them avoid a third consecutive defeat. Steven Gerrard knows his team have a lot more to offer and will be looking to back that win up with another important victory in front of their home fans. Al-Raed sit rooted to the bottom of the table after they lost 2-1 previously making it four losses in the last five fixtures. I can’t see where Al-Raed hurt Al-Ittifaq here and will need a collective performance on the day. Back the home win with over 2.5 goals.

1/6 Al-Nassr | Draw 58/10 | Al-Khaleej 12/1 (20:00)

Al-Nassr are in red hot form and find themselves in second place and four points behind leaders Al-Hilal. They are arguably playing the best football right now and will put on show for their home fans as they look to pick up their fourth home victory in five games. Al-Khaleej can be proud of the performance they delivered in their previous match which rewarded them with a much-needed point against in form Al-Taawon. Having the right game plan and making the most of their chances will be key to their success here. Al-Nassr to win comfortably.

Sunday 5 October

11/20 Al-Taawon | Draw 29/10 | Damak 42/10 (17:00)

Al-Taawon were held to a 1-1 draw previously making it two draws in a row. The Wolves have been superb at home this season scoring 11 goals and conceding three. A must win if they look to stay in touching distance of leaders Al-Hilal. Damak are up to ninth place after they defeated Al-Akhdoud 2-0. With a poor away record the win could have not come at a better time as they face a tough challenge away from home. Al-Taawon for the win.

16/10 Al-Hazm | Draw 9/4 | Al-Wehda 14/10 (17:00)

Al-Hazm have picked up four points in their previous two fixtures after three consecutive losses. Confidence and belief will be flowing through the team and will fancy their chances against a out of form Al-Wehda. Craig Goodwin and Abdulaziz Noor where on form in their previous fixture for Al-Wehda with two goals and two assists respectively. They will need to bring their A-game once again as they look to pick up their first victory in four matches. This could go either way, but I see Al-Wehda coming out victorious despite the bad form.

1/4 Al-Ahli | Draw 44/10 | Al-Riyadh 15/2 (20:00)

Al-Ahli unfortunately lost 3-1 to fellow title rivals Al-Hilal in their previous match. The star-studded side are yet to lose at home this season and will come out with a point to prove and bounce back to winning ways in front of their home faithful and keep their 100 percent record at home alive. Al-Riyadh occupy 11th place after their 3-2 loss to Al-Tai last time out. Having 1 win in their last five away fixtures shows their vulnerability and will need to come up with a gameplan that best suits their style of play and execute it with precision if they look to upset Al-Ahli on their home turf. Ah-Ahli are superb at home, back the home win.

Written by Marc Strydom