Al-Nassr vs Al-Hilal Preview and Prediction – May 17, 2024 – Football News, Previews, Predictions, Transfers - Latest Global News

Al-Nassr vs Al-Hilal Preview and Prediction – May 17, 2024 – Football News, Previews, Predictions, Transfers

This Friday, the highly anticipated Riyadh derby between Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal will take place at King Saud University’s Al Awal Park.

The clash promises to be an exciting spectacle for fans as both teams prepare to battle it out in the Saudi Pro League.

Game preview

For the second time in a row, Al-Nassr missed it Saudi Pro League title after Al-Hilal secured the championship with a 4-1 win over Al-Hazem on Saturday.

Al-Nassr picked up its 25th win of the season with a defeat Al Okhdood 3-2 last week thanks to two goals, including a late winner from Marcelo Brozovic.

In between Brozovic’s goals, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 33rd league goal of the season and his 48th overall, his best since the 2015-16 season when he scored 51 goals and won the league with Real Madrid Ballon d’Or.

Ronaldo is now just one goal away from breaking the record for most goals in a single Pro League season, held by The Moroccan Abderrazak Hamdallah, who scored 34 goals in the 2018/19 season. With three games left, it’s likely he will match or break that record.

Despite Ronaldo’s efforts, Al-Nassr will likely finish second again. They defeated Al-Hilal Arab Club Champion Cup in 2023, but it is not considered an official tournament by FIFA, diminishing its importance.

Al-Nassr last faced Al-Hilal in the semi-finals of the Super Cup last month, losing 2-1 after Ronaldo was sent off late in the game. The Nassr captain will be looking for revenge in this game.

While it is easy to find reasons why Al-Nassr failed to win its first league title since 2018/19, Al-Hilal’s dominance this season is undeniable.

The champions secured their 19th Pro League title with three games to go, maintaining an unbeaten streak and losing just four of 91 available points until Gameweek 31.

The win moved Hilal 12 points ahead of Nassr with just nine points remaining, marking their 24th consecutive league win since a 1-1 draw against Damac in mid-September.

The successes of Jorge Jesus’ team this season underline their status as Saudi Arabia’s top club. Regardless of the outcome here, they remain favorites to complete the domestic treble when they face Al-Nassr King’s Cup At the end of the month.

Team news and updates:

Victor Severino jumped in Luis Castrowho missed Al-Nassr’s last game after a recent lung operation, but the Portuguese coach will return to the dugout for this home game.

Waleed Abdullahwho is struggling with a leg injury, is one of several players sidelined, including Talisca, Sami Al-Najei, And Abdulrahman Ghareebwho are recovering from muscle injuries.

Nawaf Al-Aqidi is still out of competition with a five-month ban.

David Ospina will continue to stay in goal, protected by a defensive line of Aymeric Laporte, Sultan Al-Ghannam, Abdulelah Al-Amri, and Alex Telles, with Abdullah Al-Khaybari in the midfield pivot.

Brazilian star Neymar celebrated with his team’s victory over Al-Hazem and he will reportedly be ready for pre-season action.

Salman Al Faraj has missed Hilal’s last two games after coming on as a substitute against Al-Taawoun earlier this month and is questionable for this game too.

Mitrovic trails Ronaldo by seven goals in the Golden Boot race and is likely to lead the attack alongside his Brazilian teammates Michael and Malcom.

Prediction and analysis

Both teams are aiming for a win in this derby duel. Al-Nassr will be looking for redemption after their recent defeat against Al-Hilal in the Super Cup. However, Al-Hilal’s dominant form and unbeaten streak make them favorites for this game.

Expect goals from both sides, with Al-Hilal likely to be the winners and over 2.5 goals scored in the game.

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