The two neighbors Al-Hilal and Al-Shabab meet Friday at the latter’s stadium in a semi-decisive derby for the title postponed from the twenty-sixth stage of the Saudi football championship.
The two teams, who share the lead with 48 points from 25 matches, with the advantage of the goal difference for the defending champion Hilal, put the three points as their main goal in order to break the partnership and make a big step towards crowning the title.
The youth seek to stop the dominance of Hilal and crown their first title since 2012, while the latter is looking forward to confirming its superiority over its host, in recent years during which they met 14 times, including 12 in the league, and twice in the Crown Prince Cup, winning 10 times compared to four draws, the last of which was In the first round. Although Al Shabab lacks his defender Ahmed Sharahili, he has a ready alternative with Hassan Timbekti, along with the rest of the team’s stars, led by Argentinians Ever Banega and Christian Guanca, Fabio Martínez, Nigerian Odeon Ighalo and Brazilian Seba.
On the other hand, Al Hilal aspires, led by his new Portuguese coach, Jose Moraes, to erase the lackluster levels he presented in the AFC Champions League, and as a result of which he almost deposited the tournament, had it not been for the results of the rest of the groups that worked in his favor to qualify as the second best, to reconcile with his fans, and come out with the full score that will bring him closer to Keep his title.
Media reports indicated the possibility of Morais being absent from facing young people, due to his presence in medical quarantine as part of the precautionary measures taken to limit the spread of the Corona virus. Al-Hilal misses its Korean defender, Jang Hyun Soo, due to a muscle injury he suffered in one of the exercises, along with his star Salem Al-Dossary, who was injured during the continental competition, while the participation of his captain Salman Al-Faraj was not determined after he recovered from the injury that kept him away from his team.
Al-Hilal includes an elite of distinguished players, such as Yasser Al-Shahrani, Muhammad Al-Barik, Abdullah Atif, Peruvian Andy Carrillo, Argentine Luciano Vito, Frenchman Pavitimbi Gomes, and Italian Sebastian Govinco.