QNB Stars League Week 22 – Al Sadd vs Al Gharafa

Thursday, 20th August, 2020

16:00 kick-off at Al Janoub Stadium

Al Sadd face Al Gharafa in Week 22 of the 2019-20 QNB Stars League. The kick-off is at 16:00 at the Al Janoub Stadium on Thursday, 20th August, 2020.

Al Sadd and Al Gharafa are the only teams to have ensured their positions, third and fourth respectively, going into the final round.

Reigning champions Al Sadd went out of reckoning for the title after Week 21, as strong contenders Al Duhail and Al Rayyan both did not drop points.

Xavi Hernandez-coached Al Sadd won all their matches ever since the tournament resumed with Week 18 action after a long break due to coronavirus. However, The Wolves could not catch up with the top two and have to be content with the third position this season.

Al Sadd have 14 wins, two draws and five defeats with a goal difference of +22 (50 goals for and 28 against). They have scored the most number of goals than any other team. Al Rayyan are second (38) and Al Duhail third (37).

Al Gharafa, who beat Umm Salal 1-0 last week, are coached by Serb Slavisa Jokanovic. The Cheetahs have 35 points (10 wins, five draws and six defeats) with a goal difference of +5 (33 goals for and 28 against).

Al Sadd have the likes of Hassan Al Haydous, Nam Tae-Hee and Baghdad Bounedjah, who is competing to become the top scorer with 13 goals already under his belt. His team-mate Akram Afif, who is out of action with an injury, and Al Rayyan’s Yacine Brahimi are both on 14 goals.

Al Gharafa have in their ranks Jonathan Kodjia, Ahmed Alaaeldin and Sofiane Hanni.

Al Gharafa had lost 1-5 to Al Sadd in the first leg of 2019-20 QNB Stars League.

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