The ADNOC Pro League is set to take center stage again, following a pause for the national team's participation in the Asian Cup. Football fans are excited about the league's resumption, highlighted by key matchups in the eagerly awaited matchweek 13, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, February 12th and 13th.
This matchweek features a total of six compelling games, equally distributed over two days, with the spotlight match between Al Ain and Al Jazira postponed to April 11th at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium.
The ADNOC Pro League's return is marked by fiercely contested rivalries, promising an enthralling series of matches. The action commences with Hatta, currently near the league's bottom, hosting the third-placed Shabab Al Ahli at 17:25. Hatta aims to secure their second win of the season. At the same time, Shabab Al Ahli looks to maintain its unbeaten streak against Hatta, having secured five wins and a draw in their previous encounters.
Simultaneously, the Emirates FC, positioned at the league's bottom, faces a crucial match against the seventh-placed Al Bataeh, hoping to capitalize on home-ground advantage and fervent fan support. This encounter marks the inaugural ADNOC Pro League match-up between Emirates and Al Bataeh.
The day concludes with Ajman squaring off against Bani Yas at Rashid Bin Saeed Stadium at 20:00. With Ajman sitting in 12th place with 11 points, the team is keen on a victory to advance in the standings, mirroring the ambitions of Bani Yas, which holds the 8th spot with 16 points.
Historically, Ajman and Bani Yas have faced off 18 times in the ADNOC Pro League, with Bani Yas holding a slight edge with eight wins, compared to Ajman's five, and five matches ending in draws.
The excitement continues into Tuesday, featuring a headline match between Al Wahda and Sharjah at Al Nahyan Stadium at 17:25. Both teams are vying for crucial points to solidify their standings, with Sharjah slightly ahead in fourth place with 22 points and Al Wahda in sixth with 20 points. Historically, Al Wahda has a superior record in their Pro League encounters, boasting 14 wins to Sharjah's six in 26 matches.
At the same time, Ittihad Kalba faces off against Khorfakkan, with both teams closely matched in the league table, separated by just one point. Khorfakkan is in 10th place with 13 points, closely followed by Ittihad Kalba in 11th with 12 points.
The matchweek's finale at Zabeel Stadium at 20:00 features a high-stakes clash between the League leaders Al Wasl and Al Nasr. A win for Al Wasl would further solidify their lead, while Al Nasr eyes the 18th point as a potential turning point in their season.
In their Pro League history, Al Wasl and Al Nasr have competed in 28 matches, with Al Nasr leading with 13 wins, Al Wasl securing 8 victories, and seven matches ending in draws.