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Umm Salal host visiting rivals Al-Gharafa at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium in this Stars League tie on Saturday.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Umm Salal v Al-Gharafa match are shown here - as well as up-to-date odds.
Umm Salal will be looking for a repeat result of a 1-3 Stars League triumph against Muaither.
In that match, Umm Salal had 49% possession and 11 shots at goal with 6 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Umm Salal was Andy Delort (57', 75', 80'). Muaither had 19 attempts on goal with 7 on target. Ramón Arias (30') scored for Muaither.
It has been all too rare in recent times where Umm Salal have kept a clean sheet. It will be a concern for them that Umm Salal have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 games, shipping 9 goals during that time. We will have to find out if that trend can be continued on into this next match.
Al-Gharafa come into this game following on from a 5-4 Stars League win over Al-Arabi in their most recent game.
In that game, Al-Gharafa managed 39% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 10 of them on target. For Al-Gharafa, the goalscorers were Yacine Brahimi (4'), Ferjani Sassi (15'), Yohan Boli (53') and Farid Boulaya (89'). On the other side, Al-Arabi got 14 attempts on goal with 8 on target. Youssef Msakni (44') was the scorer for Al-Arabi.
In a total of 6 out of the previous 6 clashes featuring Al-Gharafa, three or more goals have been struck. The overall average number of goals per match in that time is 6.17, with the average number of goals for Al-Gharafa working out to 3.5.
Head to head
A glance at their past head-to-head clashes dating back to 28/12/2020 shows that Umm Salal have won 1 of them & Al-Gharafa 3, with the number of drawn results being 2.
A total of 20 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 8 of them from Barzan Falcons and 12 for The Cheetahs. That’s an average goals per game of 3.33.
The last league encounter featuring these clubs was Stars League match day 17 on 17/03/2023 when the final score was Umm Salal 1-2 Al-Gharafa.
Team News: Umm Salal
The Umm Salal manager Aziz Ben Askar will be happy not to have any fitness worries at all before this clash owing to a fully injury-free group available to select from.
Team News: Al-Gharafa
From a largely available group of players, there’s just a single fitness worry for the Al-Gharafa boss Andrea Stramaccioni to contend with. Mostafa Essam (unknown injury) won’t be in action.
In our view, Al-Gharafa will most probably create a decent amount of chances and shots on target.
At the same time, Umm Salal could well struggle scoring although we think that they will probably end up being dangerous for periods.
We’re tipping a 1-3 winning margin for Al-Gharafa at the end of this one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium (15,000)
Captain: Yannick Sagbo
Chairman: Sheikh Hamad bin Nasser Al Thani
Manager: Aziz Ben Askar
Competitions: Stars League position 6