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Arabian Gulf League preview: Matchweek 5

Only three days after the conclusion of the midweek matches, the Arabian Gulf League action resumes on Saturday with matchweek 5, which will be held over two days.


Three games will be played on the opening day as Al Ain clash with Al Dhafra, Ajman host Bani Yas and Al Jazira and Sharjah face off. On Sunday, Khorfakkan clash with Shabab Al Ahli, Hatta face Al Nasr, Ittihad Kalba host Fujairah and Al Wahda play against Al Wasl.


The action gets underway at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium when Al Ain host Al Dhafra at 6pm. The Boss had a poor start to the season as they remain winless in their past three games, with their last match ending in a 1-1 draw with Fujairah, leaving them in ninth place on five points.


On the other hand, Al Dhafra’s impressive start to the season was halted by a 5-0 defeat to Sharjah in matchweek 4 as they dropped to seventh place on seven points.


Ajman will be playing with Bani Yas at 6pm as well at Rashid bin Saeed Stadium. The Oranges are yet to get their first win of the season, having fallen to three defeats and a draw that put them 12th with one point only. They enter the game on the back of a 3-0 defeat to Al Nasr.


Their opponents Bani Yas also fell to a defeat in matchweek 4, as they lost 3-1 to Al Jazira. They Sky Blues, however, are third on nine points, thanks to three consecutive wins at the beginning of the season.


The final game of the day will see Al Jazira clash with Sharjah at 9pm at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in the most anticipated game of the week.


After settling for two draws at the beginning of the season, the Pride of Abu Dhabi clinched two consecutive wins against Ittihad Kalba and Bani Yas to jump to fifth spot with nine points. They will, however, be facing a tough task when they clash with Sharjah, as the King will be looking to maintain their perfect start to the season that saw them collect the full points from their first four games to top the standings.


The action resumes on Sunday when Hatta host Al Nasr at Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium at 6pm.


Hatta, who lost 3-0 to Shabab Al Ahli in matchweek 4, remain winless this season and occupy 13th place with one point only. They will clash with Al Nasr who earned three straight wins after their draw with Al Jazira in the opening matchweek and moved to second spot with 10 points following their 3-0 win over Ajman in the midweek matches.


Meanwhile, Khorfakkan will be playing against Shabab Al Ahli at Saqr bin Mohammed al Qassimi Stadium.


Khorfakkan are in a tough position as they remain the only team with no wins so far, lingering at the bottom of the table on zero points. Their opponents Shabab Al Ahli defeated Hatta 3-0 to earn their second win of the season and raise their tally to eight points in fourth place. 


Al Nahyan Stadium will see Al Wahda host Al Wasl at 9pm. Both teams enter the back on back of wins in matchweek 4, Al Wahda returned to winning ways with a close 2-1 victory over Khorfakkan, while Al Wasl collected their second win of the season through a 3-0 victory over Kalba.


The Clarets are sixth on seven points, one above eighth-placed Al Wasl.


At the same time, Ittihad Kalba will be playing at home against Fujairah. Kalba lost their past two games to drop to 10th place on three points. Meanwhile, Fujairah, who occupy the 11th place, clinched their first point of the season with a 1-1 draw with Al Ain in matchweek 4.

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