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Arabian Gulf League preview: Matchweek 7

Matchweek 7 of the Arabian Gulf League kicks off on Thursday, as four games are scheduled for day one of action, while three other matches will be played on Friday.


Al Wasl will face Fujairah, Al Jazira welcome Hatta, Shabab Al Ahli host Ajman and Khorfakkan clash with Sharjah on Thursday. The second day of action will see Al Nasr host Bani Yas, Al Dhafra face Ittihad Kalba and Al Ain clash with Al Wahda in the most anticipated game of the week.


Al Wasl will be looking to return to winning ways when they host Fujairah at Zabeel Stadium at 6pm. The hosts enter the game on the back of two consecutive defeats that left them in 10th place on six points only. They are two points above 11th-placed Fujairah, who will aim to keep the momentum alive after claiming their first win of the season over Hatta last week.


Hatta will face an uphill task when they clash with Al Jazira at Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium at 6pm as well. The guests are among three teams who are yet to get a win this season, as they currently linger at the bottom of the table with one point only. Meanwhile, Al Jazira enter the game on the back of a 5-3 win over Shabab Al Ahli that helped them climb to fourth place on four points.


Shabab Al Ahli will be looking to recover from their big defeat to Al Jazira when they host Ajman at Rashid Stadium at 9pm. Their recent loss and draw to Al Jazira and Hatta, respectively, left them in eighth place on nine points. On the other hand, Ajman are still winless, as they drew twice this season and lost their four other games to sit in 12th place.


Leaders Sharjah will technically have an easy task when they clash with Khorfakkan at Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qassimi Stadium at 9pm. The King hold a perfect record in the league so far with six straight wins, while the hosts linger at the relegation zone with one point only.


On Friday, Al Nasr welcome Bani Yas at Al Maktoum Stadium at 6pm. After their impressive start to the season, Bani Yas’ campaign took a different direction as they failed to get a win in their past three league games to drop to sixth place on 10 points. On the other hand, Al Nasr’s results have been consistent as they won four games, lost to Sharjah and drew with Al Jazira to sit third, tied on 13 points with second-placed Al Wahda.


Al Dhafra will play with Kalba at Hamdan bin Zayed Stadium at 6pm. The guests, who sit seventh, are currently one point only above Kalba on the standings. They both enter the game on the back of wins in matchweek 6, as Kalba cruised past Bani Yas 2-0 and Al Dhafra defeated Khorfakkan with the same scoreline.


The final match of the week will see Al Ain welcome Al Wahda at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium. The Clarets will be looking to extend their winning streak to four games to keep up with leaders Sharjah. Meanwhile, the Boss are on the mend after earning two consecutive wins over Al Dhafra and Al Wasl to move to fifth place, tied on 11 points with Al Jazira, who sit fourth.

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