Al-Hilal vs. Al Riyadh - prediction, team news, lineups

Al-Hilal vs. Al Riyadh - prediction, team news, lineups

In the sixth round of the Saudi Professional League, two teams with contrasting recent performances will face off as Al-Hilal hosts Al Riyadh at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium this Friday.

Al-Hilal vs. Al Riyadh - prediction, team news, lineups

Al-Hilal, known as the Blue Waves, enters the weekend seeking their fourth consecutive victory. In stark contrast, the visiting team is hoping to put an end to their three-game losing streak. Al-Riyadh, making their first Professional League appearance in almost two decades, has faced a challenging return to the Saudi Arabian top flight.

Under the guidance of manager Yannick Ferrera, Al-Riyadh secured their place in the Professional League last season after a 17-year absence. They finished fourth in the second-tier standings with 63 points from 34 matches.

In their most recent outing on September 1 at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Al-Riyadh suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Al Akhdood. It was a closely contested match, with 33-year-old forward Leandre Tawamba scoring the only goal of the game 10 minutes into the second half, giving Al Akhdood their first win of the season.

Al-Riyadh has managed to earn just one point from the last 12 available since their league curtain-raiser victory over Al-Wehda on August 12, where Knowledge Musona's 17th-minute strike secured a 1-0 win. This recent poor run of form can be attributed to their struggles in front of the goal, as they have failed to breach the opposition's defense in three consecutive matches while conceding eight goals during that period.

Al-Hilal possible starting lineup:
Bono; Al Shahrani, Al Bulayhi, Jahfali, Abdulhamid; Neves, Kanno; Al Dawsari, Malcolm, Michael; Mitrovic

Al Riyadh possible starting lineup:
Campana; Tosca, Asiri, Arslanagic; Al Khaibari, Ndong, Toure, Kurdi; Juanmi, Musona, Al Rashidi

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