Three games are scheduled to be held on Thursday, the opening day of matchweek 10 of the Arabian Gulf League, as Bani Yas will clash with defending champions and league leaders Sharjah, Al Jazira will play against Al Wasl and Al Dhafra will face Hatta.
Al Jazira will clash with Al Wasl at Zabeel Stadium at 7pm in a strong clash, given the offensive performances of the two sides, as they scored a total of 37 goals this season; 19 goals were scored by the Pride of Abu Dhabi leaving them in second place on 20 points, while 18 goals were scored by Al Wasl, who will be seeking to improve their position as they currently sit ninth with 12 points. On the defensive side, Al Jazira hold the strongest performance in the league after conceding 7 goals only.
Al Jazira coach Marcel Keizer confirmed that it will be a difficult match, but his side is determined to get a win. On the other side, Brazilian coach Odair Hellmann who will lead Al Wasl for the first time this season, succeeding Salem Rabee, said that his team have high quality players who will do their best in next match despite its difficulty.
Based on their offensive performance this season, Bani Yas and Sharjah will clash in a strong match on the technical side in Abu Dhabi, as they scored 20 goals each in nine matchweeks. The Sky Blues excelled in the first few matchweeks. They then saw a drop in results, before returning to winning ways recently and advancing to fifth place with 16 points. They will be looking to leave a bright mark against the King, as Sharjah are yet to lose any match this season and top the standings with 23 points.
Bani Yas coach Daniel Isaila said that both teams are enjoying good stints and are ready on the technical, psychological and physical sides. On the other hand, Sharjah manager Abdulaziz Al Anberi believes the Sky Blues are a tough opponent at home and have good players within their ranks which highlights the difficulty and importance of the match.
Al Dhafra will face Hatta at Hamdan Bin Zayed Stadium in an important match for both sides who are looking to achieve a good result. A win would confirm Al Dhafra's strong start as they achieved 12 points, which put them away from the relegation zone. On the other hand, Hatta are in a dire need for a win as they have one point only and linger at the bottom of the standings.
Al Dhafra coach Aleksandar Veselinović confirmed his team's readiness for the upcoming match and said that they will remain cautious regardless of Hatta's position on the standings. Meanwhile, Hatta's Serbian coach Vladimir Vermezović said that that his team will be seeking to obtain a positive result against a strong opponent, who developed their performance in the past period.