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Matchweek 6 Preview: Arabian Gulf League set for exciting return to action

As the international break came to an end, the Arabian Gulf League football returns once again with an exciting list of matchups for matchweek 6.


The league action returns on Friday when Al Wasl host Al Ain and Bani Yas welcome Ittihad Kalba at 6pm. Two other games will be played at 9pm with Fujairah facing Hatta and Sharjah clashing with Al Nasr. The matches resume on Saturday when Al Wahda face Ajman and Al Dhafra host Khorfakkan both at 6pm. The last match of the week will see Shabab Al Ahli host Al Jazira at 9pm.


Al Ain will be looking to make up for their elimination from the Arabian Gulf Cup at the hands of Khorfakkan last week, when they clash with Al Wasl at Zabeel Stadium. The Boss currently sit in sixth place on eight points, two above ninth-placed Al Wasl, who succumbed to three league defeats so far.


Meanwhile, Bani Yas and Kalba enter the game at Bani Yas Stadium on the back of their recent qualification to the Arabian Gulf Cup quarter final. Despite their inconsistent league performances, the Sky Blues are third on 10 points. Kalba, however, have six points only and sit in 10th place after collecting their first league win over Fujairah in matchweek 5.


The most anticipated match of the day will see leaders Sharjah host runners-up Al Nasr at 9pm. The King will be looking to maintain their perfect start to the season that saw them collect 15 points from five wins, while scoring 14 goals - the highest in the league so far. They will face a tough task when they clash with Al Nasr, who have 13 points and hold the best defensive record in the league so far after conceding one goal only.


At the same time, Fujairah will be playing with Hatta at a bottom of the table clash. Both sides are yet to claim their first win of the season and have one point only. Hatta linger at the bottom of the standings and currently have the weakest defense in the league after conceding 14 goals. Meanwhile, Fujairah are 12th on goal difference and will be looking to keep the momentum alive after eliminating Ajman to qualify to the Arabian Gulf Cup quarters.


The action resumes on Saturday when Al Wahda host Ajman at Al Nahyan Stadium. After succumbing to a defeat and a draw to Sharjah and Shabab Al Ahli, respectively, Al Wahda returned to winning ways with victories over Khorfakkan and Al Wasl to move to fourth place on 10 points. Meanwhile, Ajman are in a dire situation due to their poor start to the season. After five matchweeks, the Oranges remain winless and have two points only in 11th place.


Hamdan bin Zayed Stadium will host Al Dhafra and Khorfakkan clash at 6pm. Al Dhafra will be looking to return to winning ways after defeats to Sharjah and Al Ain that left them in eighth place on seven points. Khorfakkan are also in a dire need for a win, as they so far lost four games and drew one to occupy the 13th spot.


Shabab Al Ahli and Al Jazira will wrap up the action at Rashid Stadium. After two important wins over Ittihad Kalba and Bani Yas in the league, the Pride of Abu Dhabi fell to a defeat to Sharjah that left them in seventh place with eight points. On the other hand, Shabab Al Ahli remain undefeated but had to settle to three draws, which put them fifth on nine points.

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