Qatar SC vs Al Gharafa — Friday, 8th December, 2017 @ 18:10, Qatar SC Stadium
The match-up between Qatar SC and Al Gharafa is the highpoint of QNB Stars League’s Week 11. The kick-off is at 18:10 at the Qatar SC Stadium on Friday, 8th December.
Both teams are coming from victories, their second in this season’s competition. Qatar SC defeated Al Kharaitiyat 3-2 and Al Gharafa got the better of Al Arabi 3-1 in the last round.
And it was a much-needed win for them, Qatar SC in particular as they stayed at the rock bottom of the table for long. Now, they occupy the 10th place with seven points. It helped Al Gharafa as well in terms of position. The Cheetahs moved from ninth to seventh with 10 points.
They will definitely be eager to build on the achievement as both badly need points. Al Gharafa are the side with the most number of draws (four). They were forced to split points in many matches after being in winning position. They have also lost as many times.
Lack of consistency has been their bane and French coach Jean Fernandez had pointed it out on a number of occasions. Also, many new players joined the Al Gharafa ranks at the start of this season and they took time to gel well with others.
They will sorely miss the services of Slovakian attacking midfielder Vladimir Weiss for the rest of the season as he is to undergo a cruciate ligament knee surgery at Qatar’s orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital Aspetar on December 12.
Al Gharafa will largely bank on captain Luis Jimenez, Othman Al Yahri, Portuguese striker Diego Amado, Amro Seraj and Ahmed Alaaeldin.
Qatar SC, on the other hand, are finding their footing under new coach Abdullah Mubarak, who replaced sacked Argentinian Gabriel Calderon.
Abdullah, who has coached Al Ahli, erstwhile Lekhwiya and Al Sailiya in Qatar, straightaway guided The Kings to victory. No doubt, he succeeded in lifting the sagging morale of the players, who endured defeat after defeat for long.
Qatar SC, who have just one draw to their credit, mainly rely on Nigerian striker Michael Babatunde, Fahd Khalfan, Ali Jassemi and Mohammed Tayebi.