These two sides have met twice this season. Both games were won by Al Shabab a away from home. However, I think the situation is a little bit different now. Al Shabab won 3-0 in the start of the season in the League Cup, but Kalba were reduced to 10 men in the 11th minute. Also, Ittihad Kalba at that time were in searching of new foreigners and that result doesn't means too much. Wasl also a meeting in the league which was more close. Al Shabab have won, but Kalba put a good fight and missed the chance to level the score when missed PK in final minutes of the match. Shabab did some moves in this transfer window. Nana Poku replaced Boymans, Dawood Ali left for Al Ain, while Rashed Esa was signed from the Garden Club. Al Shabab are going to miss Henrique Luvannor through suspension, while Mahmood Qassim suffered a serious injury against Al Sharjah. Hassan Ibrahim is back after suspension. Kalba in full squad for this match and they are dangerous going forward with Ciel, Bakary Kone and Modibo Maiga. I think the away side can make the surprise here. Al Shabab are better on paper, but they are not a very reliable team this season and without some key players like Henrique and Qassim they can have problems today against a tricky opponent.
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