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The Stars League fixture at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium on Thursday sees home side Qatar SC fighting it out with Al-Rayyan.
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Qatar SC will be hoping to return to winning ways here after the 2-1 Stars League loss in their previous game against Al-Gharafa.
In that match, Qatar SC had 32% possession and 6 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. Al-Gharafa got 22 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Yacine Brahimi (90') scored for Al-Gharafa.
It’s not been often in recent games where Qatar SC haven’t conceded. The reality is that Qatar SC have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, letting in 8 goals on the way.
Al-Rayyan will come into the clash after a 6-0 Stars League win to defeat Al-Markhiya in their previous game.
In that game, Al-Rayyan managed 57% possession and 20 attempts at goal with 9 of them on target. For Al-Rayyan, the scorers were Gabriel Pereira (26'), Achraf Bencharki (47', 61'), Róger Guedes (58') and André Amaro (87'). On the other side, Al-Markhiya got 10 attempts on goal with 4 on target.
Illustrating their bias toward high-scoring matches, the back of the net has been hit 26 times in the prior six games in which Al-Rayyan have played, making it a mean average of 4.33 goals for each clash. Opposing teams have hit 11 of this grand total. Historical results aside, we’ll just have to find out whether that pattern might be maintained here in this game or not.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head duels stretching back to 12/01/2021, there has been little between the sides with Qatar SC winning 3 of those games, Al-Rayyan 3 and 0 being drawn after 90 minutes of play.
A sum of 10 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 5 of them for The Kings and 5 being from The Lions. That is an average goals per game value of 1.67.
The previous league encounter featuring these sides was Stars League match day 2 on 25/08/2023 when it ended Al-Rayyan 1-0 Qatar SC.
Team News: Qatar SC
Almost everyone can be considered, as there’s just the sole fitness concern for the Qatar SC gaffer Hélio Sousa to be concerned with from of an almost fully healthy squad. Omar Al-Emadi (unknown injury) is out of contention.
Team News: Al-Rayyan
Al-Rayyan manager Leonardo Jardim has a number of players out of action. Sofiane Boufal (unknown injury) and Osama Al-Tairi (Cruciate ligament tear) miss out here. Rodrigo will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that Qatar SC would be disappointed if they were not to put a goal past this Al-Rayyan side, but a single goal probably won’t quite prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
We therefore reckon that it will be both teams to score in a 1-2 advantage for Al-Rayyan after the 90. There looks to be little in this one.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium (15,000)
Captain: Bashar Resan
Chairman: Sheikh Hamad bin Suhaim Al Thani
Manager: Hélio Sousa
Competitions: Stars League position 8