ADNOC Pro League competition resumes this weekend with the third match-week games set to be held over Friday and Saturday, 10 and 11 September. The round, that is expected to be filled with clashes to look forward to, kicks off on Friday at 18:45 when Khorfakkan host Al Wahda at Saqr Ben Mohammad Al Qassimi stadium.
Khorfakkan enter the game with only one point earned out of the first two games, hoping they can claim their first win of the campaign. Whereas Al Wahda, who went two rounds unbeaten, have claimed a victory in the first match-week before drawing 1-1 with Baniyas in the second, as they are looking to clinch an away win to earn their seventh point.
Emirates Vs Al Dhafra:
In the meantime, Emirates will be taking on Al Dhafra at home, with both teams languishing at the bottom of the table with no wins and no goals. The two sides are currently in desperate need of a win to get back on the right track. The newly-promoted Emirates are looking to find their feet in the Pro League with a home win, although head-to-head encounters against Al Dhafra favor the guests. Al Dhafra won 7 out of the total 14 games, Emirates won on 4 occasions, while three fixtures ended in a draw.
Sharjah Vs Al Wasl:
A long and interesting history of rivalry between Sharjah and Al Wasl makes this game one of the most-anticipated clashes of the week.
The game kicks off on Friday at 21:00 at Sharjah stadium. The host team is looking to maintain their flying start to the season hoping their winning streak can go on. However, head-to-head games slightly favor Al Wasl who managed to win 5 out the last 9 games against Sharjah. Both teams have spent well over the summer and brought in some top-class players, which makes it one game that's not to be missed by Pro League fans.
Shabab Al Ahly vs. Al Orooba:
Four games are set to be held on Saturday, with Al Orooba hosting Shabab Al Ahly at Fujairah stadium at 18:45. Al Orooba go into the game as underdogs following two heavy defeats in match-weeks 1-2; at home to Al Wahda (4-0) and away to Al Nasr (5-0). They have had the international break to regroup, sure-up their leaky defense, and recover from the 2 big losses.
On the contrary, Shabab Al Ahly enter the game as favorites with 2 wins out of 2, hoping they can claim a third consecutive win for the first time since 2016-2017. The title favorites have not conceded a defeat since November 2020.
Bani Yas Vs Al Ain:
Another big local derby this weekend but in the capital Abu Dhabi. Bani Yas are coming off a fantastic season 2020-21 finishing 2nd and they took the champions Al Jazira all the way to the last game of the season. However, losing their talisman Joao Pedro to Al Wahda has been a huge blow for their frontline that saw them earn only one point in the first couple of match-weeks. Al Ain, the most successful team in the Pro League are looking like a team that will challenge for the league this season with 2 wins out of 2. They hope they can maintain the standings' lead with a third win in what can be seen as their first real test this season.
Al Jazira vs. Al Nasr:
Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium will be the venue for another big derby this weekend when Al Jazira host Al Nasr at 21:00. The reigning champions have racked up 4 points from their first two fixtures, while Al Nasr, who got off on the wrong foot with a 3-0 loss to Ajman, go into the game with three points to their name, that were earned from a huge 5-0 victory over Al Orooba in match-week 2.
Al Jazira have a superior history when it comes to head-to-head clashes, nevertheless this will be a real test for both teams and could give the fans a good idea of how well their teams will do this season.
At the same time, Ittihad Kalba will be hosting Ajman in an evenly matched game. Head-to-head fixtures slightly favor Ajman who won 4 games while Ittihad Kalba secured a win on 3 occasions. However, Kalba haven't lost to Ajman in the last three Pro League clashes between both teams, which makes it very difficult to foresee who is going to bag the three points.