Dubai: Sharjah are assured of retaining their perch on the prime of the Arabian Gulf League (AGL) with a go to to Bani Yas up subsequent for the defending champions this weekend.
After 9 rounds of motion, Sharjah are unbeaten on the prime with 23 factors, intently adopted by Al Jazira and Al Nasr on 20 factors, whereas Bani Yas are in a tussle with Kalba in fifth with 16 factors.
“In no way is that this going to be a simple match for us. Bani Yas is a staff that has proven regular performances with a core group of native gamers because the previous three seasons now,” Sharjah coach Abdul Aziz Al Anbari admitted in his prematch chat. “This season, they’ve the providers of some high quality international professionals who’ve been making a distinction at each recreation, and that explains why the staff is in such a assured spirit and within the prime half of the standings. Our major technique shall be to maintain our focus and focus at each occasion in order that we return residence with full factors.”
The defending AGL champions will begin with out Salem Sultan because the defender must sit out following three yellow playing cards towards his identify. His place shall be taken by Abdullah Ghanem, who has performed with the staff in at the very least two matches earlier this season.
“It’s only a matter of believing in what we are able to do on the pitch. We have now nice confidence in all our gamers and we deserve to present each participant a possibility to show himself,” Al Anbari mentioned.
Sharjah’s attacking midfielder Luan Martins Pereira from Brazil who’s having fun with a profitable first season with The King was additionally assured of returning will three factors. Sharjah has proven a whole lot of promise with the Brazilians trio of Pereira, Welliton Soares and Igor Coronado serving because the core of some pleasant play this 12 months.
“We work arduous and with intensively and we all know that we are going to be up towards a powerful competitor. However, as a staff know the problem of the match and try to come back out with a optimistic consequence,” Pereira mentioned. “I get alongside nicely with this group and I really feel I’m higher this season. Adapting was one of many points, however that’s behind me now. I’m targeted extra this season and the coach’s confidence has been an amazing motivation for me in attempting to make each effort and assist my staff obtain optimistic outcomes.”
Within the different two matches on Thursday, 10-placed Al Dhafra will host backside aspect Hatta within the early match, whereas second-placed Al Jazira will journey to ninth-placed Al Wasl seeking factors and conserving the strain on Sharjah.
Friday can even function an fascinating spherical of matches with eighth-placed Al Wahda travelling to a strong-looking conventional nemesis Kalba and 12th-placed Fujairah will host seventh-placed Shabab Al Ahli Dubai within the early video games. The late matches will see third-placed Al Nasr host a faltering 13-time former champions Al Ain in sixth place, whereas Khor Fakkan will make the quick journey throughout to satisfy Ajman.
Al Dhafra v Hatta, 6pm
Bani Yas v Sharjah, 6pm
Al Wasl v Al Jazira, 9pm
Kalba v Al Wahda, 6pm
Fujairah v Shabab Al Ahli Dubai, 6pm
Al Nasr v Al Ain, 9pm
Ajman v Khor Fakkan, 9pm