Saudi Pro League 2023: Al-Hazm vs. Al Nassr. Who will win today’s Al-Hazm and Al Nassr match at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium?

Saudi Pro League 2023: 

Al-Hazm vs. Al Nassr. 

Who will win today’s 

Al-Hazm and Al Nassr 

match at King Abdullah 

Sports City Stadium?

Introduction

This Saudi Pro
League clash sees 17th-placed Al-Hazm host 6th-placed Al Nassr at King Abdullah
Sports City Stadium on Saturday at 11:00 p.m. While the visitors Al Nassr come into
this match sitting pretty in the upper echelons of the league table and
competing for the title this season, the hosts Al-Hazm find themselves
languishing at the wrong end of the standings and deep amid a relegation scrap.
Given the gulf in quality and form between the two teams, Al Nassr will enter
as a firm favorite. Still, Al-Hazm will be eager to capitalize on home
advantage and pull off an unlikely upset against their illustrious opponents.
Al-Hazm is desperate for points to boost their survival bid while high-flying
Al Nassr wants to keep pace with the leaders in the quest for championship
glory.

Saudi Pro League 2023: Al-Hazm vs. Al Nassr. Who will win today's Al-Hazm and Al Nassr match at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium?

Al-Hazm Seeking
First Home Win

Despite earning
creditable draws in their last two matches, Al-Hazm still needs a victory at
King Abdullah Sports City this season. Al-Hazm has suffered three defeats and
two draws in their five home matches, scoring just four goals while conceding
11. Their home form must improve quickly if they are to avoid relegation.
Manager Vuk Rasovic will drill his players to improve defensive organization
and resilience for this clash.

 

Al Nassr’s
Inconsistent Form

Al Nassr has
stuttered recently, winning just 2 of their last five league fixtures. However,
they still possess plenty of attacking firepower, with Cristiano Ronaldo,
Anderson Talisca, and Vincent Aboubakar to call upon. Scoring goals has been
exemplary; away performances have let Al Nassr down lately. Coach Rudi Garcia
will be demanding greater intensity and focus from his talented squad as they
travel to take on strugglers Al-Hazm.

 

Previous
Meeting This Season

When Al Nassr
hosted Al-Hazm in August, the hosts cruised to a routine 2-0 victory. Talisman
Vincent Aboubakar broke the deadlock in the first half before Ghareeb finally
sealed the win. Al Nassr dictated proceedings comfortably throughout against
limited opposition. The gulf in class between the clubs was evident.

 

Key Players to
Watch

For embattled
hosts Al-Hazm, creative midfielder Nawaf Al-Abed is integral to any hopes of
springing an upset. The 34-year-old veteran possesses superb vision and passing
range from the park’s center and will need to be at his influential best
pulling the strings for Al-Hazm on Friday night. Although he is getting on in
years, Al-Abed has played the full 90 minutes in every league match Al-Hazm has
played this season. He has also contributed two assists thus far. Al-Abed’s
delivery from set pieces and open play could pose problems for the Al Nassr
backline if afforded time and space. Up front, target man Sebastian Adebayo
must capitalize on any half-chances that come his way. His aerial presence will
be Al-Hazm’s main goal threat. Visitors Al Nassr boast a wealth of
game-changing talent in their ranks, but Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo
will no doubt be looking to put on a show and add to his solitary league goal
since arriving at the club. While Ronaldo has underwhelmed in domestic action
for Al Nassr thus far, his record of 450+ career club goals speaks for itself.


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Tactical
Preview

Given the
attacking talents that Al Nassr possesses, Al-Hazm boss Vuk Rasovic may adopt a
cautious 5-4-1 formation focused on retaining their defensive shape and
congesting the central areas of the pitch. The objective will be soaking up
pressure from their illustrious opponents before looking to play on the
counterattack whenever promising opportunities on the transition present
themselves. Set pieces, both from a tacking and defensive perspective, could be
crucial to Al-Hazm’s chances so that Rasovic will drill his players extensively
on dead-ball situations. If Al-Hazm can stay organized and compact while
keeping the scoreline tight, they may be able to frustrate Al Nassr and scrape
something from the game.

 

Importance of
Result

An improbable
victory on home soil would propel Al-Hazm out of the relegation zone and
provide the genuine belief that they can achieve survival come season’s end. As
things stand, they are two points adrift at the foot of the table. Maximum
points against much-fancied opposition like Al Nassr would signify a turning
point and bring real hope in their quest to avoid the drop. Building on recent
improved performances with a win could inspire Al-Hazm’s players to go on a
sustained run of form. For visitors, Al Nassr, and their title ambitions, a
positive result and three points are essential to remain within touching
distance of the top two in this fiercely competitive 2022-23 championship race.

 

Prediction

Given the vast
gulf in quality and current form between the two teams on paper, Al Nassr
should have enough individual brilliance in the final third to eventually
overpower Al-Hazm’s stubborn resistance and clinch a hard-fought 2-1 away win.
Al-Hazm will make life difficult, showing the defensive organization and work
ethic that has brought them creditable points recently. Their game plan will
center on keeping things tight at the back before punishing any slackness from
their illustrious opponents on the counterattack.

 

Potential XIs

Al-Hazm
(4-5-1):
Hamzah; Nasef, Sami, Khalifah, Motaz; Nawaf, Basem, Tiehi, Hawsawi,
Khribin; Adebayo

With survival
firmly on his mind, expect Rasovic to adopt a conservative 4-5-1 shape focused
on congesting central areas. Veteran Nawaf Al-Abed will pull the strings in the
future, while the back five of Hamzah, Nasef, Sami, Khalifah, and Motaz must
display defensive solidarity.

Al Nassr
(4-2-3-1):
 
Al-Owais; Al-Ghannam, Al-Amri, Madu, Ronaldo; Al-Khaibari, Abdullah;
Carillo, Talisca, Altambakti; Aboubakar

Coach Garcia
has many options but will likely opt for a balanced 4-2-3-1 system. Superstar
Ronaldo starts on the left flank, while Talisca, Carillo, and Aboubakar offer
creativity and goals through the middle. Al-Khaibari and Abdullah provide
solidity in the central midfield. 

 

Conclusion

Now that we’re
halfway through the Saudi Pro League season, both teams have a chance to make
progress toward their objectives at opposite ends of the standings. Home side
Al-Hazm must take advantage of their enthusiastic home support and build on
recent improved performances to climb out of the bottom two with a vital
victory. Only three points will suffice for visitors Al Nassr as they aim to
remain firmly within touch of the championship pacesetters. With Al Nassr’s
abundance of game-changing talent, they deserve to be labeled favorites. But as
Al-Hazm has shown in recent weeks, there will be no pushovers on their patch.
It promises to be a fiercely contested affair. Both sides will only go down
with a fight. Yet Al Nassr’s extra dash of quality in the final third should
eventually see them over the line to maintain their title push, even if
securing the points proves more difficult than anticipated.

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