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Saudi Pro League | Gameweek 33
May 23, 2024 at 7pm UK
Al Fateh Club Stadium

Al Fateh
2 - 1
Al Hazem

Tello (30'), Zelarayan (40')
Al-Najdi (90+2')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Toze (22')
Nayef Muslim Al-Harbi (16'), Al-Obaid (35'), Selemani (90+5')

Preview: Al Fateh vs. Al Hazem - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Al Fateh vs. Al Hazem - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Thursday's Saudi Pro League clash between Al Fateh and Al Hazem, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Al Fateh play their final home game of the 2023-24 Saudi Professional League campaign when they welcome Al Hazem to the Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium on Thursday.

While the visitors have already been mathematically relegated, the Abna Al Nakhil will be looking to end the season on a high as they eye a fifth consecutive top-half finish.

Match preview

Al Fateh failed to arrest their poor late-season form as they suffered a 3-1 defeat against Al Tai when the sides squared off at the Prince Abdul Aziz bin Musa'ed Stadium last Thursday.

In a game where Ali Alzubaidi received his marching orders, Robert Bauer struck in the 12th minute to cancel out Djaniny's early opener before Bernard Mensah netted a second-half brace to complete an impressive comeback.

The Abna Al Nakhil have now gone four consecutive games without a win, losing twice and claiming two draws while conceding 10 goals and scoring six since a 3-1 victory over Al Raed on April 18.

This poor run of form has threatened to derail Al Fateh's dreams of a top-half finish as they now sit eighth in the Professional League standings with 42 points from 32 matches, just two points above ninth-placed Damac heading into the final two games.

After two games on the road, Slaven Bilic's men now return home, where they are currently on a three-game unbeaten, claiming back-to-back victories over Al-Ettifaq and Al Raed in April before playing out a 2-2 draw with Al Riyadh on May 2.

On the other hand, Al Hazem extended their unbeaten run against Al Riyadh to six games last time out when they fought back from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw at the Al Hazm Club Stadium.

A 50th-minute own goal from Bruno Viana looked to have gifted Odair Hellmann's side all three points but centre-back Paulo Ricardo came up clutch for the hosts as he netted a 98th-minute equaliser to force a share of the spoils.

Al Hazem have now failed to win 15 of their last 16 outings — losing eight and picking up seven draws — a run which has seen them drop down to the second tier, less than one year after returning to the top flight.

The Hazem Al-Samood have picked up the fewest number of league wins this term (3) while losing 17 and claiming 12 draws to collect 21 points from 32 matches and sit rooted to the bottom of the table, 10 points away from safety heading into the final two games.

With their relegation all but confirmed, Saleh Almohammedi's men will now be looking to go down swinging and their first challenge is against an Al Fateh side who suffered a 2-0 defeat when both teams met in December's reverse fixture.

While Al Hazem set out to do the double over Thursday's hosts, they have lost all but one of their last five away games since January and currently hold the division's third-worst away record, having picked up just 10 points from 16 matches.

Al Fateh Saudi Pro League form:

Al Hazem Saudi Pro League form:

Team News

The home side will have to cope without the services of experienced defender Alzubaidi, who is currently suspended after picking up a red card against Al Tai last time out.

In his absence, 27-year-old Fahd Mohammed Al-Harbi should come into the field, while forming the back four with Salem Alnajdi, Marwane Saadane and Qasim Al-Oujami.

On the injury front, Al Fateh will take to the pitch without the services of 23-year-old Saeed Baattia, who suffered a game-ending injury inside the opening 20 minutes of last week's game against Al Tai.

He is joined on the club's injury table by the trio of Mourad Batna, Saeed Al-Basisi and former Belgium international Jason Denayer, who continue their spells on the sidelines.

As for Al Hazem, Almohammedi will be unable to call upon the midfield duo of Rayan Al-Mousa and 34-year-old Mohammed Abusabaan, who have both been ruled out through injuries.

Veteran midfielder Vina has missed each of the last four matches since coming off injured in the game against Al-Ittihad on April 20 and is also out of contention for Thursday's clash.

Tunisian goalkeeper Aymen Dahmen is also a doubt for Al Hazem, having missed the last two matches after suffering an injury in the goalless draw against Al Okhdood on May 2.

Al Fateh possible starting lineup:
Rinne; Alnajdi, Saadane, Al-Oujami, Al-Harbi; Fuhaid, Mukhtar, Bendekba; Zelarayan, Tello, Djaniny

Al Hazem possible starting lineup:
Zaied; Dakheel, Ricardo, Viana; Thain, Moreno, Juwaid, Mohamed; Selemani, Toze, Badammosi

We say: Al Fateh 2-1 Al Hazem

Al Fateh have been rock-solid at home in recent weeks and will be backing themselves against an Al Hazem side whose form on the road has been nothing to write home about. That said, we anticipate a cagey affair at the Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium, with the home side coming away with all three points.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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Premier League Table
5Al Ittihad34166126354954
6Al Ettifaq341212104334948
7Al Fateh34129135755245
8Al ShababAl Shabab34128144542344
9Al Fayha341111124452-844
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12Al Khaleej34910153647-1137
13Al WahdaAl Wahda34106184560-1536
14Al Riyadh34811153357-2435
15Al Okhdood3496193352-1933
RAl Tai3487193464-3031
RAl Hazem34412183476-4224
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