Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Membership’s heavyweight Arabian Gulf League conflict with Sharjah is tinged with remorse, based on coach Mahdi Ali.
The ex-UAE boss is presently overseeing a 17-match unbeaten streak – together with Arabian Gulf Cup and President’s Cup semi-finals. This glorious spell has moved them as much as fifth within the standings, however a dreary begin to 2020/21 beneath predecessor Gerard Zaragoza means Thursday’s 1-1 draw at Ajman leaves them 10 factors off leaders Al Jazira.
Monday’s conflict with 2018/19 champions Sharjah – who path four-points behind in third after a four-match winless interval was snapped versus Khor Fakkan – provides one other alternative for an encouraging outcome, although Ali fears even a win gained’t make propel them into the title struggle.
He stated: “Basically, I’m happy with the final interval and the efficiency of the gamers. Particularly with the difficulties that we confronted initially of my time with the staff.
“However after that we started to offer an excellent degree and obtain constructive outcomes. We may have enhanced our fortunes within the league, had it not been for the poor begin of the staff.”
Jazira face opposition from the relegation zone for a second-successive week when Fujairah go to Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, Al Wasl could make it 11 top-flight video games unbeaten after they battle third-bottom Ajman and bottom-placed Hatta have an excellent probability to prevail versus a Khor Fakkan who’ve misplaced 5 of their final six matches.
Managerless Al Wahda journey to Al Dhafra on Tuesday for his or her first fixture since a 4-0 humbling by Al Ain proved terminal for tactician Vuk Rasovic, fourth-placed Al Nasr want a robust outcome versus mid-table Ittihad Kalba and second-placed Bani Yas face a take a look at of their credentials at file 13-time-champions Al Ain.
MATCH-WEEK 21 FIXTURES
17:45 Al Wasl v Ajman
17:45 Al Jazira v Fujairah
20:15 Khor Fakkan v Hatta
20:15 Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Membership v Sharjah
17:45 Al Dhafra v Al Wahda
17:45 Al Nasr v Ittihad Kalba
20:15 Al Ain v Bani Yas
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