Saudi Pro League 2023 Al-Feiha vs. Al Raed, Who will win today’s match between Al-Feiha vs. Al Raed at King Salman Sport City Stadium?

Saudi Pro League 2023 

Al-Feiha vs. Al Raed, 

Who will win today’s match 

between Al-Feiha vs. Al Raed 

at King Salman Sport 

City Stadium?

 

Introduction

This Friday
evening will see a critical Saudi Pro League clash between Al-Feiha and Al Raed
at King Salman Sport City Stadium. Currently sitting 9th in the league table,
Al-Feiha need a victory on home soil to boost their chances of qualifying for
next season’s AFC Champions League. Meanwhile, 7th placed Al Raed aim to
solidify their position in the upper half of the standings. This game is vital
for both clubs, as only two points separate them.

Saudi Pro League 2023 Al-Feiha vs. Al Raed, Who will win today's match between Al-Feiha vs. Al Raed at King Salman Sport City Stadium?

Recent Form
Guide

Al-Feiha has
struggled for consistent form in recent fixtures, winning two and losing 3 of
their last five league outings. On Friday, they beat lower-ranked clubs
Al-Fateh and Al-Wehda but lost to Al-Hilal, Al-Ittihad, and Al-Raed. Al-Feiha
have been more robust defensively, keeping two clean sheets in their last 5.
But their attack has sometimes misfired, being shut out twice during this
period. By contrast, Al Raed has registered three victories in their previous
five matches, seeing off Al-Fateh, Al-Feiha, and Al-Taawon. However, their
other two results were disappointing losses to mid-table rivals Al-Ettifaq and
Al-Hazem. Al Raed’s offensive output could have been more consistent, scoring
eight goals in their three wins but failing to find the net in either loss.
Defensively, they remain solid, conceding just five goals across these five
fixtures.

 

Previous
Meeting This Season
 

When Al-Feiha
and Al Raed met back in August, Al Raed claimed a surprise 2-1 away victory. Two
first-half goals from Mohammed Al-Kuwaykibi and Ahmed Al-Fraidi gave Al Raed a
comfortable lead. Al-Feiha pulled one back through substitute Omar Al-Somah
late on but couldn’t prevent Al Raed from taking all 3 points. It was
Al-Feiha’s first loss of the new Saudi Pro League campaign. They’ll be
determined to exact revenge on home soil this time around.

 

Key Players to
Watch

For Al-Feiha,
talismanic striker Omar Al-Somah will be their main attacking threat. With five
goals in 9 league appearances so far, his finishing prowess could prove the
difference. Al-Feiha’s Portuguese midfielder Fabio Martins has also been in
superb form, contributing three goals and 2 assists this term. Al Raed will be
looking to striker Abdulrahman Al-Obaid to spearhead their offense. Al-Obaid
has found the back of the net four times in the league this season. Winger
Mohamed Al-Kuwaykibi is another dangerman, providing two assists in his
previous outings.

 

Tactical
Preview

Al-Feiha
manager Besnik Hasi favors a 4-2-3-1 system to make the most of his team’s
attacking talents. Expect Omar Al-Somah to lead the line flanked by pacy
wingers. Al Raed boss Marius Sumudica generally sets his side up in a pragmatic
4-1-4-1 shape, with a compact midfield duo protecting the back four. This
typically makes Al Raed tough to break down. However, Sumudica may opt for two
strikers away to Al-Feiha to take the game to their opponents.

 

Prediction

With home
advantage and talisman Al-Somah finding form, Al-Feiha is tipped to edge this
contest 2-1. They will be fired up to avenge their earlier defeat and secure 3
points in front of their faithful fans at King Salman Sport City Stadium. Al
Raed’s stubborn defense could frustrate them for periods, but ultimately,
Al-Feiha’s attacking quality should see them through.

 

Importance of 3
Points

Victory on
Friday would propel Al-Feiha up to 7th in the standings, overtaking Al Raed.
This would put Al-Feiha firmly back in contention for a top 6 finish and
potential qualification for next season’s AFC Champions League. After an
inconsistent start, 3 points would provide a massive morale boost and momentum.
For Al Raed, a positive result could lift them back into the top 5 positions.
Getting into the AFC playoffs is their top priority this season. Therefore,
they must continue to be seen seriously as a title candidate. Avoiding defeat
will also extend their 4-game unbeaten run against Al-Feiha.

 

Formations and
Lineups

Al-Feiha
(4-2-3-1):
Al-Mayouf; Al-Zeid, Buraysh, Khalifa, Al-Shahrani; Cuenca, Martinez;
Al-Khaibari, F. Martins, Al-Buraikan; Al-Somah.

AlRaed
(4-1-4-1):
Saad; Abdulrahman, Boussouf, Al-Amri, Hashim; Al-Mowalad; Al-Fraidi,
Albishr, Morita, Al-Kuwaykibi; Al-Obaid.

 

Recent Team
News and Injuries

Al-Feiha will
be boosted by the return from suspension of key midfielder Martinez, who missed
their last match through an accumulation of yellow cards. However, they will be
without injured center back Hamdallah for several weeks. Meanwhile, Al Raed
has been dealt a significant blow with midfield enforcer Fahad Al-Muwallad
ruled out for several months with a cruciate ligament tear. Manager Sumudica
does have a fully fit squad otherwise to choose from.

 
Conclusion/Match
Buildup

This Saudi Pro
League clash sees two in-form teams desperate to claim 3 points for their
respective causes. Al-Feiha are eager to avenge their earlier loss to Al Raed
and ignite a charge up the table. The visitors have looked solid recently and
can leapfrog Al-Feiha with an away victory. With talented attackers on show
like Al-Somah and Al-Obaid, fans should be treated to an entertaining contest.
Tune in to see if Al-Feiha can protect their home turf or if Al Raed can repeat
their previous feat at King Salman Sport City Stadium.

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