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Intense competition and unclear title favorites mark the first chapter of ADNOC Pro League

A strong and wide-open competition between several teams has been the hallmark of ADNOC Pro League so far, following the completion of the first six match-weeks.


This is embodied in the fact that there is only a six-point difference separating the standings leaders from the team holding the ninth place.


This feature not only signifies the rivalry and excitement of the competition, but also proves the strong preparations put in by teams during their pre-season.


While the ADNOC Pro League is taking a three-week break now due to international ‘FIFA Days’, here are the most prominent highlights of the league's first six weeks.


Invincible top-of-the-standings Al Ain and defending champions Al Jazira have always been the teams to watch out for.



The club from the Garden City are now leading the standings with 14 points, while Al Jazira are in second with 13 points.



Al Ain haven't lost a single game yet, while Al Jazira in second, and Sharjah in third, have cliamed four wins each in the first six rounds of the competition.



Shabab Al Ahli are lying fourth on eleven points and are still considered one of the title contenders, While Ajman, who have been the dark horse this season, come in fifth with the same point tally, but fewer goals scored than Shabab Al Ahli.



Ajman also have a defensive line to be proud of, having conceded just three goals, while not conceding against big sides like Al Nasr, Bani Yas and Sharjah.



Al Nasr, who are currently ranked sixth in the standings with ten points, have had the strongest frontline so far having netted 15 goals in 6 games.



Back strong in the derby Al Wasl got back on the right track after a few blows managing to secure a 1-0 win against Shabab Al Ahli in the Dubai Derby last week.



That win helped the Zabeel Club reach their ninth point holding the seventh spot in the standings with the hope that they can still be counted among the top challengers going ahead.



Having been fighting hard to find their rhythm, Al Wahda, who fought till the final second in their derby last week against Al Ain for a 1-1 draw, have raised their tally to eight points for their eighth place.



Al Wahda who have five draws, a win, and zero losses so far, have collected the same number of points as Khor Fakkan, who have been impressive with two back-to-back wins in the last two rounds.


After demonstrating ability to bounce back, Baniyas and Ittihad Kalba are now in tenth and eleventh places with five and four points respectively.


Everyone can see the potential these two sides have to return stronger after the break and play a crucial role as the campaign progresses.



Al Dhafra currently lie in 12th spot with four points,while both Al Orooba and Emirates Club are keen to escape the relegation zone as they struggle in the last two spots of the table.



Al Orooba drew three times collecting their three points, while Emirates Club are yet to earn their first point.

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