Matchweek 12 of the Arabian Gulf League kicks off on Thursday, as Sharjah face Ajman, Fujairah play against Khorfakkan, Ittihad Kalba face Hatta and Al Ain clash with Al Jazira in Abu Dhabi Derby.
Al Ain will clash with Al Jazira at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in an exciting game, as the Pride of Abu Dhabi, who currently sit second on 26 points, will be looking to continue their chase for leaders Sharjah. Meanwhile, the Boss will be looking to snatch three important points that’d improve their position on the standings, as they currently sit fifth on 19 points.
Al Ain coach Pedro Emanuel said that he prepared an appropriate strategy to get the win against Al Jazira, saying he prefers these types of games which are usually filled with excitement. On the other hand, Al Jazira manager Marcel Keizer expects a strong game, saying that they must be cautious, regardless of Al Ain’s current position.
Leaders Sharjah will be hosting Ajman, who sit 13th on three points only. The King will be looking to maintain their position at the top of the table, while the Oranges are in dire need of a positive result to improve their position.
Sharjah coach Abdulaziz Al Anberi said that the Ajman clash is complicated, and that his side needs to be focused to get a win. His Ajman counterpart Ayman Al Ramady said that his team currently miss the services of some important players, but they will still try to get a positive result.
Ittihad Kalba and Hatta will clash at Ittihad Kalba Stadium. The Tigers’ performances left them in seventh place on 18 points, while Hatta are struggling as they currently sit at the bottom with one point only.
Kalba coach Jorge da Silva confirmed the importance of maintaining their positive results, while still being cautious. On the other hand, Hatta coach Vladimir Vermezovic believes his team is now ready to collect points after improving their performances in the past games.
Fujairah and Khorfakkan will face off in a close clash, as Khorfakkan sit 11th on eight points, one above Fujairah, with both teams needing the points to move away from the relegation zone.
Khorfakkan coach Caio Zanardi expects a tough game against an improving side, but said his team will be ready for the game. Meanwhile, Goran Tufegdžić said that this match is worth six points and that he prepared well for the game.