All teams will be looking to make early inroads as the first leg games of the UAE Pro League Cup opening round kick off with five matches over the weekend.
With Khor Fakkan getting proceedings under way with a close 3-2 win at home against Al Wahda last week, it will be Al Ain hosting Emirates Club, while Ittihad Kalba take on Al Orooba in Friday’s early matches at 6.15 pm.
In the late game, Ajman will take on neighbours Sharjah with a kick-off at 8.30 pm.
Going into their opener, Al Ain hold an unbeaten record during the past four occasions that the two have met in recent times.
Al Ain claimed a comfortable 2-0 win in Round Two of the UAE ADNOC Pro League at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, on August 25.
Also standing in favour of Al Ain is their strong start as they lead the standings in the UAE ADNOC Pro League with 14 points after six rounds.
Emirates, on the other hand, are yet to open their account following losses in all six matches played so far.
Ittihad Kalba and Al Orooba will also be looking to make up for the damage following a faltering start to the season as they meet in Kalba at the same time on Friday.
Ittihad Kalba are currently in eleventh place with four points, while Al Orooba are in 13th place with three draws for their three points.
Friday’s action will conclude with a meeting between neighbours as Sharjah make the short trip to Ajman for a kick-off at 8.30 pm at the Rashid bin Saeed Stadium.
The two teams had met in the sixth round of the UAE ADNOC Pro League at the end of September and Ajman had secured full points following a surprising 1-0 win against the former champions.
So, Sharjah will be definitely on the look-out to avenge that loss and make amends.
On Saturday, there will be two matches and both will have a preponed kick-off time of 5 pm so that fans can watch Al Wahda host Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr in their quarter-final encounter of the 2021 AFC Champions League, at 7 pm.
Al Dhafra will meet Al Nasr at their Hamdan bin Zayed Stadium, under new coach Rogerio Micale, who has now signed for the Abu Dhabi club from Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal.
Al Dhafra will be looking forward to a positive result having won the Cup on two previous occasions and finishing runners-up last season.
In the evening’s second match, Bani Yas will host Al Wasl, in an encounter that is bound to be exciting and close.
The two teams had met in the opening round of the UAE ADNOC Pro League, with Al Wasl clinching a winner in stoppage time through Ramiro Benetti to return home with full points.