Competition across the Arabian Gulf League heats up following matchweek 5 results as the 12 teams go into this weekend's action. Intense battles to move up the table beckon as four sides fight for the top spot with just one point separating each side from the next. Meanwhile the bottom four sides are also fighting to move up the ranks to steer away from the relegation zone.
The matches will be played across three days, from Thursday to Saturday; the first match-up of the week will be Al Jazira against Hatta, where the defending champions travel to Hamdan bin Rashid Stadium at 16:55 on Thursday. Hatta had lost their last game to Al Wahda and are currently 11th with a just three points to their name, they will be motivated to get a result against an Al Jazira side that desperately need a win to get back on track after what has been a very disappointing start to the season; losing ten points across their first five games of the season.
The second match of the day will be Al Wasl against Dibba at Zabeel Stadium at 19:45, the Cheetahs look to recapture the top spot they had lost last week after drawing Al Jazira in Abu Dhabi. A win for Al Wasl will lead them to a temporary spot at the top of the table, meanwhile Dibba are looking to continue their good start to the season which has seen them gain seven points from five games, placing them in sixth place. They are looking for a positive spot to help propel the team into the higher ranks.
On Friday, Al Dhafra welcome Al Nasr to Hamdan bin Zayed Stadium at 17:05 in an important match for both teams as they both occupy places in the middle of the table. Al Nasr, in fifth place, are ahead of Al Dhafra on the table by a single point. Al Nasr were at the receiving end of a surprising defeat to Ajman at their home stadium in the previous round, meanwhile Al Dhafra drew with fellow mid-table side Dibba.
Rashid Stadium in Dubai hosts the big game between Shabab Al Ahli and Al Wahda at 19:45 as both teams battle for the top spot. Al Wahda had defeated Hatta in the previous week to move up to second place with 12 points, meanwhile Shabab Al Ahli dropped points to Sharjah with a goalless draw away from home, to reach their tenth point of the season and sit in fourth place. The winner of this game is likely to be in top spot come the end of the matchweek.
Saturday sees Ajman and Emirates play in an important game in the battle to escape the relegation zone. The 17:05 kick-off at Rashid bin Saeed Stadium sees hosts Ajman attempt continue their good performances after they finally earned their first points of the season when they defeated Al Nasr 1-0 thanks to Azizbek Haydarov's strike. On the other hand, Emirates lost to Al Ain and are stuck on four points, therefore their game against Ajman will be important in restarting their season in good shape.
The final game of the matchweek sees bottom side Sharjah, travel to Al Ain, the leaders. for the 19:55 kick-off at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium. A win for Al Ain secures their spot at the top of the table for another week, while Abdulaziz Al Anbari will be looking to steal yet another point from a tough opposition this week as his side looks to propel themselves up from the foot of the table.