The QNB Stars League Week 7 fixtures on Saturday, 29th September, are Al Rayyan vs Al Shahania (17:50) at Al Sadd Stadium and Al Arabi vs Al Sailiya (20:00) at Al Arabi Stadium.
Al Rayyan vs Al Shahania
Ahead of the match against Al Shahania, Al Rayyan coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena stressed that they had worked on the psychological aspects of the players as they suffered a 0-5 defeat to Al Sadd in the Qatar Clasico.
The Argentinian also said Al Rayyan were a big team and they would not give up just because of one defeat.
True, The Lions, who have 11 points, occupied the top spot in the table after Week 5 only to be placed fifth currently.
On the other hand, promoted Al Shahania, on seven points, have punched above their weight this season and have two wins to their credit.
It will be no miracle if Jose Murcia’s men spring a surprise.
Al Arabi vs Al Sailiya
Both Al Arabi vs Al Sailiya are sure to throw everything into their encounter as they seek to be in the top four.
Al Arabi and Al Sailiya have the same number of points (12), but the latter are placed third on goal difference (+5 compared to Al Arabi’s -1).
Al Arabi beat Al Shahania 3-0, whereas Al Sailiya defeated Al Ahli 4-2 in the previous round.
The players on both sides are staying motivated, according to coaches Luka Bonacic of Al Arabi and Sami Trabelsi of Al Sailiya, and that will add spice to the game.