QNB Stars League Week 10 — Al Khor vs Al Sadd
Al Sadd and Al Khor go into their key clash in Week 10 of the QNB Stars League in contrasting backgrounds.
Al Sadd suffered a 2-4 defeat at the hands of table toppers Al Duhail that also saw them being displaced by Al Rayyan from the second position. To add to their woes, star Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah, who scored their first goal in that match, suffered a fracture on his right leg and has been ruled out for around two months.
Bounedjah had to be replaced by Salem Al Hajri and his absence will heavily affect their scoring rate. Bounedjah has just been back from an injury he suffered during Al Sadd’s season-opening Sheikh Jassim Cup victory over Al Duhail and had missed their first three league matches.
However, The Wolves will get the services of defender Pedro Miguel, who was missing in action for four weeks due to dislocation on his shoulder.
Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira has always been ruing that his wards had not performed their best so far this season. Injuries to key players such as Barcelona and Spain great Xavi Hernandez and Boualem Khoukhi as well as national-team commitments of players were the main reasons.
Ferreira will just hope they put it across tricky side Al Khor and get their campaign back on track. Al Sadd presently have 21 points, four behind Al Duhail and three behind Al Rayyan.
Al Sadd started their preparations for the match on Sunday. All players, with the exception of Qatar international Hassan Al Haydous and Iranian professional Mohammed Morteza who needed rest, attended the opening training session. The squad included young midfielder Ahmed Bader Sayyar, who has recovered from an injury and missed the Al Duhail game.
Al Khor went up to sixth from eighth spot following their victory over in-form Al Sailiya last week. It was their second successive win.
The Knights have 10 points from three wins and one draw. They have many times proved to be a tricky side to rivals.
Brazilian attacking midfielder Madson and Iranian import Soroush Hossein mainly lead their charge.