Much more than Abu Dhabi pride will be on the line when Al Jazira host neighbours Al Wahda in match-week 15 of the Arabian Gulf League.
The capital Clasico provided, arguably, the game of the season in September when the Clarets claimed a famous 3-2 victory. The clubs, however, have moved in opposite directions since that day.
Jazira now sit second in the table after UAE legend Ali Mabkhout’s solitary goal punctured Al Dhafra’s rise. Khamis Esmails’ thunderbolt clinched a 2-1 win for Wahda last time out versus floundering Fujairah, yet they still sit sixth.
Elsewhere, champions Sharjah are in crisis mode ahead of their meeting with Ittihad Kalba.
Brazilian playmaker Igor Coronado’s absence continued to bite in Wednesday’s humiliating 2-1 loss to Khor Fakkan, a fourth in succession. This was the promoted side’s opening triumph of a troubled campaign.
Khor Fakkan will feel confident they can build on this result at second-bottom Hatta.
Sunday’s matches are rounded out by unstoppable leaders Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club travelling to Fujairah.
Rodolfo Arruabarrena’s men currently boast an eight-point lead.
On Saturday, Al Nasr must snap their comedown from Arabian Gulf Cup success when they play Ajman.
The Blue Wave have dropped five points in two matches since their electrifying showpiece victory against Shabab Al Ahli. Ajman, meanwhile, are reeling from a 4-1 thrashing by Bani Yas – who now host Dhafra.
Packed terraces are expected when the UAE’s most-decorated club, Al Ain, meet historical rival Al Wasl at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium.
Throughout the season, organisers the UAE Pro League are giving back to the fans – and this round’s matches are no different. There will be a raffle at the end of the first half of each contest, with smartphones, tablets and smart watches being gifted to the winners after the final whistle.
Meanwhile, lucky supporters at select games will get their hands on one of the 30 brand-new Audi A3 cars that will have been raffled out to loyal AGL supporters throughout this season.
In order to be eligible for future raffles, fans must register and purchase tickets through the official ticketing platform at PlatinumList.net.
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