Both sides were not great at the back of late. Yes, Al Sailiya have kept the clean sheet last round, but not because they were defending very well. It was because Umm Salal couldn't finish their chances due the absences of some key offensive players like Sagbo, Al Mawas or Ismail Mahmoud. Al Shahaniya will miss their new signing from Iran, Rahim Mehdi Zahivi, but they still have two good offensive players like Késsé Mangoua and especially Fahad Khalfan. They were also with problems at the back and should have conceded more against Al Gharafa. Al Sailiya decided to change 3 of their foreign players this winter. Loe, Fawzi Aaish and Paul Alo'o Efoulou were replaced by Sanjar Shaakhmedov, Valentin Lazar and Temurkhodja Abdukholiqov. All the new signings are offensive players. They have loaned decent local striker Jaralla Al Marri from Al Rayyan as well. He spent the first half of the season on loan at Al Kharitiyath. As I have said before both teams looked vulnerable at the back to me in the last round and both should go for the win here. A point doesn't help you too much in the relegation battle this season with 4 teams going down. The new Al Shahaniya coach Igor Stimac said he likes to play in a offensive way when he arrived to the club few weeks ago.
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