Today, Al Ain team will be a guest at Ajman 6:00 pm, at Rashid Stadium, at the opening of the ninth round of the Arab Gulf League. Four indicators raise the degree of excitement in the meeting, which the two wounded are fighting with the slogan of victory only in order to correct the path, after their results in the last round disappointed their fans. While Ajman does not suffer any absences, Al-Ain will miss its most prominent players, Bandar Al-Ahbabi, alongside Mohammed Fayez and Rayan, delivering the injury.
1- Great pressure on the coaches
The coaches of the two teams enter the match and are under tremendous pressure because of their recent results. Ajman, led by Egyptian Ayman Al-Ramadi, suffered the biggest loss for him this season, 6-2, from Kalba in the last round. On the other hand, the voices of a number of Al Ain fans rose in the past days, demanding the dismissal of the Croatian coach Liko after a tie in the past three rounds, the last of which was the neglect of victory over Al-Nasr, after it was 2-0 ahead.
2- An unbeatable match
Another defeat for any team means the complexity of the position of either of them in the league, then the loss for Ajman may mean a further decline in the ranking after it has now slipped to 11th place with eight points, which is the balance of Hatta himself, who is ranked 12th, while the loss of Al-Ain means his move away from a major step from the league struggle, Rather, he may lose the third position he currently occupies, with 15 points, as the island approaches and victory, and each of them has 14 points.
3- “The Leader” to repay the debt
What increases the importance of the confrontation, Al Ain’s desire to repay the debt to Ajman, after losing it last season at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium with a clean four, which is the first defeat that the leader received from the orange during their confrontation in the league, after they met before 15 times, the victory was from Violet share on 13 occasions and draws once in the 2013-2014 season, and Ajman won only once.
4- A difficult test for defense
The confrontation seems to be a great test for each team's defense, after their numbers came in disappointment in the past eight rounds, as the orange shook its net 18 times, becoming the third weakest defense in the league after Fujairah (20 goals), and Al-Wahda (19 goals), while Al Ain received 10 goals. A high percentage that the leader is not accustomed to.
The two teams have a great offensive power, represented by the Togolese Laba Kudjo, top scorer of the league with nine goals, while the orange depend on the dangerous duo, the Gambian Boubaker Trawli, and the Ghanaian William Oso, each with four goals.
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Hamad: Kalba match has become a past
Ajman's substitute goalkeeper, Hamad Khalid, stressed his team's readiness to face Al Ain, stressing that "the Kalba match, which he lost 6-2, has become a past and no longer has any psychological effects on the players."
He said in a press statement: "The calm atmosphere inside Ajman helped us overcome the effects of the loss from Kalba, and the players are determined to correct the image and reconcile the public and the administration, to produce a positive result in this confrontation despite its difficulty."
Al-Ain: Muhammad Fayez, Bandar Al-Ahbabi and Rayan Yaslam.
Numbers from the match:
Al-Ain is threatened with losing third place in the event of a tie or loss.
Ajman has become the third weakest defense line in the league (18 goals).
■ «orange» moved from the lead teams to 11th place with only 8 points.
■ Al Ain did not taste the winning in the last 3 rounds of the league.
■ A strange situation for the "leader" in the league, despite having the top scorer of the competition, Lapa Kudjo, the team is in third place.