Match date: 13 Jan 2018
| Sport: Football
| Competition: Qatar Football
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: Al Rayyan - 1.50
| Match result:
3-0 - Won
Al Rayyan lost five points in the last two games before the break (a 1-1 draw in the visit to Umm Salal on Nov. 30 and a 0-2 loss in the visit to Al Ahli Doha on Dec. 7), but the hosts are still very much in the title race in the Qatar Stars League, where Michael Laudrup's side is currently in 3rd place in the league table, four points behind leaders Al Duhail and with two points less than second-placed Al Sadd.
Michael Laudrup managed to build a well balanced team after his appointment as Al Rayyan's manager on Sept. 26, 2016, as the hosts have several very experienced foreign players in their squad in Gonzalo Viera (defender), Koh Myong-jin (midfielder), Abderrazak Hamdallah (midfielder) and Mouhcine Moutouali (midfielder), while other eight players are still a part of the Qatar national football team, including Rodrigo Tabata (midfielder) and Qatar all-time goalscorer Sebastian Soria (forward).The hosts suffered a 3-5 loss against Al Duhail in their first match at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium this season, but won their next three games here against Al Markhiya (4-1), Qatar SC (2-0) and Al Gharafa on Nov. 25 (3-2) and on the whole, Al Rayyan lost just once in six games against opponents from the lower half of the standings, as each of the other five encounters has been won by two or even more goals difference (5-0-1 17/8).Michael Laudrup has a full squad to choose from.
Al Khor's main goal is to keep its place in the league for the next season (as during the previous few campaigns), which is far from surprising, given the fact that the guests lack enough potential to compete successfully with most of the other teams in this league.In the matter of fact, this team shows some signs of awakening in the first two games under new manager Nacif Beyaoui (a 2-1 win in the visit to Qatar SC on Nov. 18, followed by a 1-0 home win against Al Sailiya six days later), but suffered two defeats in the last two games in 2017 against Al Sadd (2-3/home) and Al Arabi (0-3/away).Ahmed Mahdi (m / 7+0) and Soroush Rafiei (m / 11+4) are unavailable due to suspensions, which makes this match even more difficult for Al Khor.
I think that the hosts are capable to cover this handicap.