Riyadh derby: Al-Nasr eye SPL summit .. Al-Hilal want to keep title
Al-Nasr are eager to overcome their rivals Al-Hilal in Riyadh derby next Friday, to stop a winless streak in the derby in the last seven encounters. The Riyadh giants will meet in the most important game of Prince Mohamed Bin Salman League for Professionals round 25 at King Fahd Stadium, in Riyadh. According to spl.com.sa statistics, the last win for Al-Nasr over Al-Hilal came at King Fahd Stadium in 2014-2015 season with a sole goal scored by Mohamed Al-Sahalwi while the last two meetings ended in 1-1 and 2-2 draws in a row.
Al-Hilal lead the league table with 57 points, two points ahead of Al-Nasr the second before six weeks to the end of the season. Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr are the most winning teams in the current season with 17 victories for each team. Al-Hilal have 6 draws and suffered one loss, on the other hand Al-Nasr drew 4 times and lost three games. Al-Hilal and Al-Nasr have met 21 times؛ as Al-Hilal won 11 times while Al-Nasr earned the three points 5 times and the derby was finished all square on 5 occasions.
Al-Hilal is the team with the most goals in the derby with 37 goals while Al-Nasr netted 23 goals. Players from Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Croatia, Uruguay, Congo, Romania, France, Syria and Brazil have scored the goals of Riyadh derby. The Saudi players scored 36 goals in Riyadh derby which are divided into 22 goals for Al-Hilal and 14 goals for Al-Nasr. The Brazilian players lead the charts of the foreign nationalities goal scorers in the derby with 11 goals which are divided into 7 goals for Al-Hilal and 4 goals for Al-Nasr, followed by Moroccan players who netted 3 goals two for Al-Nasr and one for Al-Hilal. The Syrian players netted also three goals all for Al-Hilal through Omar Kheriben while the Croatian players scored two goals in the derby for Al-Nasr. Players from Uruguay, Congo, Romania and France have only managed to score only once in derby, all in Al-Hilal's favor. Al-Nasr's Mohamed Al-Sahalawi in the top scorer of the derby with 11 goals, on the other hand, Salim Al-Dossary from Al-Hilal leads the charts of Al-Hilal scorers in the derby with 4 goals. Kheriben from Al-Hilal is the only player who netted a hat-trick in Riyadh derby since the launching of Saudi Pro League system in 2008-2009 season. Al-Nasr have met Al-Hilal in the month of March two times only؛ as Al-Hilal won in the two encounters 1-0 and 2-0 in 2011-2012 and 2015-2016 seasons respectively. Al-Hilal’s 5-1 and 4-3 wins in 2017-2018 and 2013-2014 seasons in a row are the biggest wins in the meetings of the two giants in addition to 3-0 and 3-1 victories. The biggest win for Al-Nasr is 2-1 and happened two times.