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Matchweek 25: Al Wasl vs. Shabab Al Ahli in ADNOC Pro League Title Race Thriller

The ADNOC Pro League title race for the 2023-2024 season has come down to two teams: Al Wasl and Shabab Al Ahli.

Al Wasl hold a significant advantage with 58 points, six points ahead of Shabab Al Ahli, who stand at 52 points.

With only three matchweeks remaining, the upcoming clash between these two teams in Matchweek 25 could decide the league champion.

Al Wasl need just one point from the match to clinch the title, thanks to their superior head-to-head record against Shabab Al Ahli. On the other hand, Shabab Al Ahli must win to keep their title hopes alive.

Matchweek 25 of the ADNOC Pro League kicks off tomorrow, Friday, with four matches focused on survival and improving positions. The matches continue on Saturday and Sunday with one game each day, while the Al Ain vs. Al Bataeh match has been postponed to June 7.

Tomorrow's schedule includes four matches. Hatta will host Al Jazira at Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium. Hatta, already relegated to the First Division, will play without pressure, while Al Jazira aim to improve their league standing. The match starts at 18:15. Simultaneously, Ajman will face Sharjah in another match focused on improving league positions.

At 21:00, two matches will conclude the day. Al Wahda will take on Khorfakkan at Al Nahyan Stadium in a critical match for Khorfakkan, who are 12th with 21 points and need a win to avoid relegation. Meanwhile, Emirates FC will play against Al Nasr at home. Emirates, holding 14 points and in 13th place, desperately need a win to boost their survival chances, depending on Khorfakkan’s results.

On Saturday, one match will take place at 17:00 between Ittihad Kalba and Bani Yas. Both teams are also fighting to avoid relegation, with Ittihad Kalba in 10th place with 24 points from 24 matches, and Bani Yas in 11th with 23 points from 23 matches.

The matchweek will culminate with the highly anticipated match between Al Wasl and Shabab Al Ahli at Zabeel Stadium on Sunday, which could determine this season’s league champion.

In their 29 professional league encounters, Shabab Al Ahli have won 12 matches, Al Wasl have won 9, and 8 matches have ended in draws. Shabab Al Ahli hold a slight advantage in their encounters at Zabeel Stadium with 5 wins, compared to Al Wasl’s 4, and 5 matches ending in draws. Al Wasl aim to achieve a season double over Shabab Al Ahli for the third time, having previously done so in the 2017-2018 and 2021-2022 seasons.

Both teams have set impressive records this season. Al Wasl have led in match time the most (52% of playtime), followed by Shabab Al Ahli (50%). Al Wasl have scored the most headers (14), with Shabab Al Ahli in second (11).

Shabab Al Ahli have scored the most goals in the first 15 minutes of matches (12), followed by Al Wasl (9). Al Wasl lead in goals from corner kicks (13), with Shabab Al Ahli next (11). Al Wasl have scored first in 18 matches, followed by Shabab Al Ahli (17). Al Wasl have the highest positive goal difference relative to expected goals (61 goals from 43 expected, +18), followed by Shabab Al Ahli (58 goals from 43 expected, +15).

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