The tight 2020-21 Arabian Gulf League title race will finally come to an end on Tuesday, May 11, which marks the final matchweek of the season. While all matches will kick-off at 22:00, all eyes will be on title contenders Al Jazira and Bani Yas as the battle for domestic glory goes right down to the wire.
The fans' excitement levels are sky-high as the countdown begins, with league leaders Al Jazira eyeing their third league title and Bani Yas aiming to make history by lifting their first-ever league trophy in an exhilarating Arabian Gulf League season.
Al Jazira eye third title
Mohammad bin Zayed Stadium will host Al Jazira's clash with Khorfakkan in the final round. The hosts are masters of their destiny and know that a win would seal their third league title in the professional era, regardless of Bani Yas's result against Al Wahda.
Marcel Keizer's men wrapped up their preparations for the game and are fully focused on winning the title for the first time since the 2016-17 season.
The Dutch coach will rely on several key players in his bid to claim the league title, topped with the league's leading goalscorer Ali Mabkhout, who has 24 goals to his name so far. In addition, Al Jazira have vibrant playmaker Khalfan Mubarak within their ranks, who top the assist charts with 10 assists. They could both make a difference along with Brandley Kuwas, Oumar Traoré, Zayed Al Ameri, Abdulla Ramadan, and veteran keeper Ali Khaseif.
Bani Yas seek first-ever title
On the other hand, Bani Yas will have a tough task at hand when they welcome Al Wahda at home. While there is little to be decided for the guests, they will be looking to keep the momentum alive after qualifying for the AFC Champions League Round of 16. Meanwhile, Bani Yas will be seeking the three points while hoping for leaders Al Jazira to stumble against Khorfakkan for a chance to win their first-ever title.
Bani Yas coach Daniel Isaila will be looking to maintain his side's strong performances, which saw them reach the 53-point mark, recording their highest ever points tally in the league.
Bani Yas have plenty of talent on the front line, topped with Brazilian forward Joao Pedro who is third in on the league's goalscoring charts with 18 goals. Argentine duo Gaston Suarez and Nicolas Gimenez also have what it takes to make the difference, along with key players like Ahmed Abunamous, Sultan Al Shamsi, Amer Abdulrahman, and Suhail Al Noobi.