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Arabian Gulf League preview: Title race heats up ahead of matchweek 21

After an action-packed weekend, the Arabian Gulf League is back again with a full set of midweek fixtures. Matchweek 21 is nearly upon us and it is no wonder that things are heating up at both ends of the table. Below, we shed light on potential thrillers and preview another exciting matchweek, which will be held on March 15th and 16th.


The action kicks off at Zabeel Stadium when Al Wasl welcome Ajman at 5:45 pm. The home side have been winless for the past four games, as they settled for four straight draws, which left them seventh with 30 points. While the hosts will be looking to return to winning ways, Ajman seek to move away from the drop zone, as they sit 12th on 11 points after drawing their past two games.


A top and bottom of the table clash will be taking place at the same time with Al Jazira facing Fujairah at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium. The Pride of Abu Dhabi will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the standings and maintain the two-point gap with Bani Yas. They will, however, face a tough task as they clash with relegation-battling Fujairah who seek to escape the relegation after dropping to 13th place with 11 points.


Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qassimi Stadium will see Khorfakkan take on Hatta 8:15 pm. The home side will be looking to bounce back from their heavy 5-1 defeat to Sharjah in matchweek 20 to move further up to midtable safety. On the other hand, Hatta need the full points to keep their hopes of avoiding relegation alive as they linger at the bottom with eight points.


Meanwhile, fans will be gearing up for the Shabab Al Ahli and Sharjah clash, which marks the most anticipated match of the day. Both teams could do with the three points, as Shabab Al Ahli aim to return to winning ways and move into the top four, while Sharjah, who enter on the back of an emphatic 5-1 win over Khorfakkan, seek to keep the pressure on Al Jazira and Bani Yas and maintain their title chances.


The action resumes on Tuesday with three other games. Al Dhafra and Al Wahda kick off the action at Hamdan Bin Zayed Stadium at 5:45 pm. The guests will seek to recover after their 4-0 defeat to Al Ain in matchweek 20 and improve their midtable position, as they are now eighth on 29 points, nine above Al Dhafra who enter the game on the back of two straight defeats to Khorfakkan and Ittihad Kalba.


Al Maktoum Stadium will be hosting Al Nasr and Ittihad Kalba clash at the same time. The Blues will look to bounce back from their last-minute defeat to Bani Yas in matchweek 20, as they seek to edge closer to the top three. Meanwhile, the Tigers look to get their second win in a row to consolidate their midtable position.


Al Ain and Bani Yas clash conclude matchweek 21 action at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium. The Boss will target repeating their recent big win over Al Wahda, as a victory could help them edge closer to the top four. Meanwhile, the Sky Blues need the three points to keep the pressure on leaders Al Jazira and maintain their title chances.

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