Lekhwiya SC did well without El Arabi and Msakni, but they faced Muaither, who fights to avoid relegation this season. I think it will be a little bit more difficult for Lekhwiya this time because Al Gharafa are a competitive team this season. Al Gharafa have lost 4 games this season. Two in the start of the season when they were poor at the back and two in end of last year against inferior sides. I think it was concentration problems then. Otherwise, Al Gharafa have put a very good fight against strong sides like Al Sadd, Al Rayyan or El Jaish. They were not the better side in those games, but the results were good.
Al Gharafa are going to miss second keeper Ivanildo and left-back Thamer Jamal due to injury, but Weiss and Nemeth are back after suspension. Lekhwiya are the best team in Qatar this season and they are playing the best football, but without El Arabi and Msakni they can have problems to finish their chances. Chico Flores is back after suspension for the league leaders. I see Al Gharafa puting a good fight and with some luck they can snatch a draw or even the big surprise. They were not fair away from doing this when they lost 4-5 in the reverse fixture.
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