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Matchweek 8 preview: Fans set for exciting matchups

Only three days after the conclusion of matchweek 7, the Arabian Gulf League action returns on Monday with matchweek 8, which will be played out midweek, and offers some enticing matchups including clashes between Sharjah and Shabab Al Ahli and Bani Yas and Al Ain in addition to special celebrations for the Commemoration Day and the UAE's 49th National Day.


Ajman will face Al Wasl, Fujairah welcome with Al Jazira, Hatta face Bani Yas and Sharjah clash with Shabab Al Ahli on Monday. Three other games will be held on Tuesday as Al Wahda play against Al Dhafra, Kalba host Al Nasr and Bani Yas clash with Al Ain.


Ajman will kick off the action when they host Al Wasl at Rashid bin Saeed Stadium at 6pm. The Oranges, who sit 13th on two points, are in a dire need for a victory as they remain winless after seven games. They will clash with Al Wasl who had a poor start to the season that left them in 10th place with nine points only, after succumbing to four defeats.


At the same time, Fujairah will be up to an uphill task as they host Al Jazira at home. The hosts enter the game on the back of a heavy 3-0 loss to Al Wasl which marked their fifth defeat of the season and left them in 11th place. On the other hand, the Pride of Abu Dhabi, who sit third on 14 points, will be looking to get their third win in a row to keep up with Al Nasr and Sharjah.


Hatta and Khorfakkan will face off at a bottom of the table clash at Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Stadium at 9pm. Both teams remain without a win seven games into the season, with Khorfakkan drawing twice and Hatta once, to sit 12th and 14th respectively.


Another exciting clash will be taking place at the same time between Sharjah and Shabab Al Ahli. The league leaders will be looking to return to winning ways after dropping their first two points of the season against Khorfakkan. Meanwhile, Shabab Al Ahli will be hoping to keep the momentum alive after their big 5-1 win over Ajman in matchweek 7.


The second day of action will see Al Wahda clash with Al Dhafra at Al Nahyan Stadium at 6pm. Both teams enter on the back of defeats as the Clarets need to return to winning ways after losing to Al Ain and dropping to fifth place, while Al Dhafra lost to Kalba to sit in 9th place.


Kalba will be welcoming Al Nasr at home at the same time. Kalba, who are currently seventh on 12 points, are looking to maintain their recent positive results and extend their winning streak to four games. On the other hand, Al Nasr, who narrowed the gap with Sharjah on three points, need a win to keep up with the King.


The final match of the day will see Bani Yas host Al Ain at 9pm. The Sky Blues need to put an end to their disappointing performances and results that left them eighth with 10 points only. Meanwhile, the Boss will build up on their valuable win over Al Wahda that put them in fourth place, tied on 14 points with third-placed Al Jazira.

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