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Al Taawon vs Al Duhail: Will Mandzukic strike again?

Al Taawon vs Al Duhail: Will Mandzukic strike again?

Qatar Stars League club currently ranking 1st Al Duhail will travel to Saudi Arabia to take on Al Taawon in matchday 2 of the AFC Champions League group C.

Al Taawon vs Al Duhail match information

Time: 23:35 (GMT+8) on February 18th

Venue: King Abdullah Sport City Stadium

Competition: 2020 AFC Champions League

Al Duhail kicked off the 2020 AFC Champions League season with a 2-0 win over Iranian side Persepolis and one of the two goals was a way to say hello to the Asian top-flight competition of their expensive signing Mario Mandzukic. The former Juventus and Bayern Munich striker is expected to keep on scoring in the next matchup.

Apart from the Croatian, Al Duhail also possesses other high-profile names in their squad like former Bayern Munich and Roma Medhi Benatia, the 2018 AFC U23 Championship, 2019 AFC Asian Cup top scorer Almoez Ali and skillful Brazillian winger Edmilson Junior. With this line-up, Al Duhail is flying high at the Qatar top-end league with three wins in the latest five games and currently reigning on top of the standings.

On the other hand, Al Taawon has demonstrated a not so impressive form recently. The triumph over Sharjah in the first matchday of the AFC Champions League group stage was the only win they managed to earn in the last five matches.

The Saudi Arabian side will surely want to utilize that win as momentum to excel at the AFC Champions League after three years unable to attend the group stage.

Nevertheless, the squad’s quality and form gaps between Al Duhail and Al Taawon are maybe too great to be made up in the first time they have met each other.

Al Taawon vs Al Duhail match information: 

Al Taawon: Cassio, R. Machado, A. Asiri, Y. Barnawi, F. Al Hamad, S. Manoel, N. Petrolina, C. Amissi, S. Alnabit, M. Al Abdulmonam, Heldon

Al Duhail: A. Lecomte-Addani, M.  Benatia, M. Musa, A. Yasser, S. Al-Braik, K. Boudiaf, E. Junior, A. Madibo, M. Mandzukic, A. Ali, H. Kwang-Song.

Al Taawon vs Al Duhail score predictions: 1-3