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Shabab Al Ahli vs Al Hilal: The show of the champion

Shabab Al Ahli vs Al Hilal: The show of the champion

As the defending champion of the AFC Champions League, Al Hilal has all the conditions to beat Shabab Al Ahli.

Shabab Al Ahli vs Al Hilal match information

Time: 21:30 (GMT+8) on February 17th

Venue: Al Rashid Stadium

Competition: 2020 AFC Champions League

As the runners-up of the 2018/19 Saudi Arabian Pro League, Al Hilal is drawn into Group B of the 2020 AFC Champions League in which they are also the defending champion.

To advance to the next round of the competition, they have to beat other rivals namely Pakhtator, Shahr Khodro, and Shabab Al Ahli, the team that they will play against at the second fixture of the group stage.

Beating the UAE side will help Al Hilal find it easier to advance to the next round of the AFC Champions League, especially when their rival has not had a good performance in the first match.

Last week, Shabab Al Ahli lost against Pakhtakor even though they played very well. Their main problem was the poor form of defenders they let strikers of the opponent score easily.

Compared to Pakhtakor, Al Hilal has better attackers, especially Bafetimbi Gomis and Sebastian Giovinco. In other words, even though Shabab Al Ahli has the advantage to play at the Al Rashid Stadium they do not have any chance to win over Al Hilal in this match.

It seems to be an easy task for them when they are having a good form, leading the Saudi Arabian Pro League table with 3-point higher than that of the second-placed club Al-Nassr.

Shabab Al Ahli vs Al Hilal potential lineups:

Shabab Al Ahli: Jamal Al Hosani, Salmeen Khamis, Gustavo Henrique, Mohammed Marzooq, Walid Abbas, Leonardo, Fede Cartabia, Ismail Al Hammadi, Waleed Hussain, Pedro Conde, Henrique Luvannor.

Al Hilal: Abdullah Al Mayouf, Mohammed Al Breik, Jang Hyun Soo, Ali Al Bulaihi, Abdullah Al Hafith, Carlos Eduardo, Gustavo Cuellar, Andre Carrillo, Omar Kharbin, Sebastian Giovinco, Bafetimbi Gomis.

Shabab Al Ahli vs Al Hilal score predictions: 1-3