Al Ain's coach Zlatko Dalic resigned from his post after some poor result. A little bit unfair in my opinion as the team haven't played so badly, they were just unlucky in some moments. A new coach is expected to be announced before this match, but it seems the U21 coach Joško Španjić will be on the bench. Al Ain have some injured players, but they are on long term and they have signed some decent local players in the winter trasnfer window. No suspended players for them for this match. Al Ahli are the defending champion, but they were not at the same level like in the last season. It seems they will go without an AFC player for the rest of the season and the Korean Kwon was sold to China. They still have a quality squad, but for this match they are going to miss some key players and in balanced game like this these absences may count. Salmin Khamis, Abdelaziz Husain and Makhete Diop are all suspended, while Gyan is on international duty. About Rodrigo Lima I don't know too much. I know he was injured and Ahli was looking to loan him. He's not registered on the UAEFA site. I think Al Ain will not lose this match.
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