After a short break for the UAE President’s Cup quarter-final, the Arabian Gulf League resumes on Friday evening, as six teams take the field as part of matchweek 11 fixtures, with Hatta facing Sharjah, Al Wahda hosting Fujairah, and Khorfakkan clashing with Al Wasl.
The action resumes on Saturday with four matches between Al Dhafra and Al Nasr, Al Ain and Ittihad Kalba, Shabab Al Ahli and Bani Yas, and Al Jazira and Ajman.
After suffering their first loss of the season, Sharjah will be looking to return to winning ways against last-placed Hatta. Hatta’s Serbian coach Vladimir Vermezovic confirmed his team’s ambitions in the upcoming game, saying they have been a tough opponent for Sharjah in the past period, and that it is their “right to aspire to getting a victory."
On the other hand, Sharjah coach Abdulaziz Al Anberi stressed on the difficulty of the game. He added, “Hatta are used to putting in strong performances against us. Therefore, we have to respect them,” he added.
Al Wahda, who sit eighth on 15 points, want to return to winning ways after remaining winless for the past four matchweeks. They clash with 12th-placed Fujairah at Al Nahyan Stadium.
Al Wahda coach Vuk Rašović said that in light of the absences of a number of important players, young players will be given the opportunity against Fujairah. He said, "we are looking to put in a good performance and get a good result.” On the other hand, Fujairah’s Goran Tufegdzic said, “we want to achieve a positive result against Al Wahda despite the difficulty of the match.”
Khorfakkan will be looking to capitalize on their valuable 2-1 victory over Ajman in the past matchweek, when they meet Al Wasl, who lost their past two games against Sharjah and Al Jazira.
Khorfakkan coach Caio Zanardi stressed on the importance of the upcoming match, and said, "the players need to focus and overcome Al Wasl." On the other hand, Al Wasl coach Odair Hellmann is looking to get his first victory with his new team. He said, "we are doing well despite losing two matches, and we will eventually achieve positive results."