High-calibre clash in Round 19
Sharjah determines the future of Al Wasl in the league
Al Wasl beat Sharjah in the first leg with a goal without reply. Emirates Today
Al Wasl face a high-caliber clash when they meet Sharjah at the end of the 19th round of the ADNOC Professional League at 8:30 pm at Al Wasl Stadium in Zabeel, as the 'King' determines the future of the 'Emperor' in the competition for the title.
The 'Cheetahs' have 38 points, while Sharjah has 34 points, as this match is crucial for Al Wasl's ambitions to compete for the title, especially as it is one of the most difficult matches played by the 'yellow' before the end of the competition with seven rounds.
The conditions of the two teams are similar in terms of playing the match with high morale, after each of them qualified for the semi-finals of the President's Cup, as they will clash again in the Golden Square next April, after Al Wasl overcame the obstacle of Bani Yas with two goals without a response, while Sharjah beat Al Jazira by two goals to one.
On the other hand, the 'Emperor' is living its best period in the league, after winning in the last four rounds against each of Al-Bataeh, Dibba Al-Fujairah, Al-Nasr and Al-Dhafra, to reduce the difference with leaders Shabab Al-Ahli to one point.
Al Wasl seeks to repeat its superiority over Sharjah, after it had won the first leg with a goal without reply, as the 'Cheetahs' are looking to achieve a round-trip victory over Sharjah for the fifth time in the Professional League, and the first since the 2017-2018 season. On the other hand, Sharjah is not living its best periods in the league, after losing in the last two rounds to both Khorfakkan and Al-Jazira to fall from the top of the standings to fifth place, 5 points behind Shabab Al-Ahli, and the 'King' has not lost in 3 consecutive matches in the Professional League since 2017-20218.
Al Wasl are looking for five consecutive wins in the Pro League for the first time since 2016-2017, and are looking to keep four consecutive clean sheets since 4.
Fabio Lima is the top scorer in the two teams' confrontations in the Professional League, with 10 goals, while Al Wasl lost to Sharjah in the last 3 matches, during which Lima scored, and the 'Cheetahs' scored 40 goals against Sharjah, while the 'King' scored 36 goals against Al Wasl, during the Pro League confrontations.