Al Rayyan were an excellent team last season by winning the title despite being a newly promoated side. However, this season should be a little bit more difficult for them as the other teams are aware about their potential. Last season this didn't happend despite they had a very good team on the paper and the title was the confirmation of their quality. Guinea keeper Omar Barry should be absent again as he has some problems with the board. Didn't understand very well what is the reason, but he's unavailable. Also, Victor Caceres is injured as well as striker Mohammed Alaa, but this is not a problem as the forward from Uruguay Sebastian Soria will return after injury, but with a face mask. Umm Salal are a decent team under a good Turkish coach. They usually are not a very spectacular side, but can make some upsets. They have some good local players like Jawad Ahnash or Ismail Mahmoud, a player from Syria, but counts as local lad. Also, they have a prolific striker like Yannick Sagbo. Were some injury doubt over him and Brazilian defender Anderson Martins, but nothing serious and most likely both will be fit to play. Al Rayyan are still the favorite because they have quality in their team, but I think the opening odds of 2.00 were the fair one because Umm Salal are not a such bad side while Al Rayyan have some players who can't play. Both Barry and Caceres were key players last season.
* - Odds correct at time of publication, and are subject to change.
- Odds+125 Bet365
- Match result0-0 (+11.25)