Al Jazira are coming after a great run in the league with 3 wins in a row against top sides. However, they were a bit lucky to win 9 points from the last 3 games because they have not played at their best and received some help from their opponents. They need to be favorite here as they are the better side and after signing Leonardo from Jeonbuk they are really dangerous going forward. They will miss some key players for this match. Mbark is at AFCON, while Mohammed Fawzi should be suspended. Brazilian defender Joao Carlos is injured and should be used only in the ACL this season. Al Sharjah were expected to make a good season after some good transfers in the summer and the appointment of Donis. Things were not great and Donis was sacked in this winter. He was replaced by the Portuguese Jose Peseiro, which I think it's a good coach for UAE. He trained here before for Al Wahda and in this winter decided to sign some players who knows well from his time at Wahda. They are keeper Adel Al Hosani and offensive midfielder Amer Omar. Sharjah have some long term injuries including their South Korean midfielder Song, but he was replaced in the squad by the Japanese Masuda. Polish attacking midfielder Adrian missed the last game due to injury, but he returned to full training this week. I think Al Jazira may be overconfident here and I'm hoping that they will take it easy this match. They have all the reasons to do that. They are coming after 3 great wins and have beaten twice Sharjah this season, but in both occasions Al Jazira was the host. I think Al Sharjah are a better team at home and after all they are not a such bad side, they have good foreign players and some decent local players. The home side can put a good fight against the league leaders.
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