While the penultimate matchweek of the ADNOC Pro League is nearly upon us, the key battles at the top and bottom of the table remain undecided. Below we shed light on the tense title race and the heated-up relegation battle, as we preview matchweek 25 of the ADNOC Pro League, which is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 6th and 7th.
League leaders Shabab Al Ahli, Al Ain, and Al Wahda are still in a close and thrilling title race, as the Dubai-based side top standings with a total of 51 points, just three solitary points ahead of title holders Al Ain and third-placed Al Wahda.
Shabab Al Ahli are eyeing their eighth league title, with a head-to-head advantage over Al Ain and Al Wahda who will be hoping for the leaders to stumble to get a chance to replace them at the top.
At the other end of the table, Dibba and Al Bataeh are still fighting for survival, while Al Dhafra have already missed their chance to escape relegation as they currently linger at the bottom of the standings with 8 points only.
Saturday's actions get underway with Sharjah welcoming Dibba at Sharjah Stadium for the 18:00 kick-off. The visitors, who are in 12th place with 13 points, will be looking to collect the three points in their bid to escape relegation.
At the same time, Al Bataeh will host Al Nasr at Khalid Bin Mohammed Stadium. The hosts will be also in search of their win to avoid relegation, especially since they are in the 13th place with 18th points.
The fixtures continue on Saturday, with Al Dhafra clashing against Al Jazira at 18:15 at Hamdan Bin Zayed Stadium, as the latter aim to burst into the top four, while there is nothing to be decided for the hosts who linger at the bottom of the standings with 8 points.
Al Wahda will fight for the full points when they travel to face Ajman at Rashid bin Saeed Stadium to keep their title chances alive. Meanwhile, the hosts will be looking to move up in the standings, as they are currently fourth with 44 points.
The games continue on Sunday with three games, two of which take place at 21:00, while the other match will be held at 18:15.
The fixtures continue on Sunday, with Ittihad Kalba clashing against Khorfakkan at 18:15, with the latter seeking to compensate for their last defeat to Al Wahda, while the former will be searching for improving their positions in the table before the end of the season
Sunday's fixtures continue with two big games between Al Wasl and Al Ain at Zabeel Stadium, and Bani Yas against leaders Shabab Al Ahli for the 21:00 kick-off.
Shabab Al Ahli are masters of their own destiny and know that the win will guarantee them their eighth league title. On the other hand, Al Ain are breathing down the neck of the Dubai-based side and hoping for the leaders to stumble to get a chance to replace them at the top.