Al Gharafa are clearly the better side and its logical to be the favorite here. However, their results are not great at all in the last couple of week. Are some off field problems at the club with players being unpaid for some months. This week the players decided to not train for two days because of these problems. They decided to go back to the training ground after new promises. Ghanian defender Rashid Sumaila is suspended, while Hungary striker Nemeth seems to be injured according to Portuguese coach Pedro Caixinha. Al Shahaniya are in the relegation zone, but they seesm to do well after Croation coach Igor Stimac was appointed in the place of Portuguese Ze Nando. They have two draws in a row and they have put a very good fight against Al Rayyan 3 rounds ago, game in which they played quite well, but were not clinical enough in front of the goal. They are going to miss Bahrain player Mohamed Sayyar, but the new signing from Iran, Rahim Mehdi Zahivi should return after missing the last game due to a minor injury. I'm going for the surprise here.
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