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Final Matchweek: Bani Yas seek first ever Arabian Gulf League title

Bani Yas will be looking to get a helping hand from Khorfakkan who face leaders Al Jazira in the final matchweek on Tuesday for a chance to make history and lift their first ever Arabian Gulf League trophy, provided they defeat Al Wahda at home in their final match. 


Bani Yas proved to be the dark horse of the 2020-21 Arabian Gulf League season since the early stages of the competition. They kicked off their campaign with a comfortable 4-1 away win over Al Wasl before defeating Fujairah 3-1 and Khorfakkan 5-0. They netted a total of 12 goals in the first three games while conceding only two. 


They then had a poor run of results with a defeat to Al Jazira, a draw with Ajman, and losses to Ittihad Kalba and Al Nasr. They, however, made a strong comeback with a 4-1 win over Al Ain.


Bani Yas maintained their good form with wins over Hatta and Sharjah, a goalless draw with Shabab Al Ahli, and victories over Al Dhafra and Al Wahda. 


Read: Al Jazira eye third Arabian Gulf League title


The defeat to Al Wasl at the beginning of the second half of the season marked a turning point in Bani Yas's campaign, as it was followed by wins over Fujairah and Khorfakkan and a thrilling draw with Al Jazira. 


They then had a five-game winning streak against Ajman, Ittihad Kalba, Al Nasr, Al Ain, and Hatta that cemented their place as title contenders. 


Bani Yas played out draws with Sharjah and Shabab Al Ahli before defeating Al Dhafra in the penultimate matchweek to keep their title hopes alive. 

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