Al Ittihad has so far been one of the best teams in the 2023/24 Saudi Pro League, currently sitting in second spot with 15 points, just one point off league leaders Al Hilal. On Thursday, September 21, Nuno Espirito Santo's team will face off against Al Fateh at home, with the kick-off scheduled for 9 pm local time.
Al Ittihad need to keep up with Al Hilal’s pace – especially after losing to them at home earlier this month – if they want to defend the league title they won last term. So, Nuno will need to motivate his players to go all out from the very first minute. The home side enters the fixture as the favourites, as you will see in our Al Ittihad vs Al Fateh tips.
Karim Benzema to score anytime
Karim Benzma – the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner – has had a decent start in the Saudi Pro League, so far contributing with three goals and two assists in six matches for Al Ittihad. However, he has already fallen behind in the local Golden Boot race, as Cristiano Ronaldo tops that ranking with seven goals to his name.
If Benzema wants to outperform his former colleague from Real Madrid, the 35-year-old should improve his performances in the rival’s box. Al Fateh, with their underwhelming defensive record of 11 conceded goals in six matches, is the perfect victim.
Bet365 offers 1.61 odds on Karim Benzema scoring anytime during the match, which looks really likely as the Frenchman should be fresh after being rested against Olmaliq in the AFC Champions League.
Both teams to score? Yes
Al Ittihad currently have the best defence in Saudi Arabia, having kept five clean sheets in six matches and conceding just four goals. Those four goals all came in the 4-3 defeat to Al Hilal, though, which showed that Al Ittihad backline is not impenetrable, it is just that the Tigers had a bit of luck with the teams they had faced prior.
Al Fateh, to all their defensive woes, are fairly solid going forward. Slaven Bilic’s side has scored 14 times in six matches, which is the fourth-best record in the league, only behind Al Ittihad, league leaders Al Hilal and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr. While it would be a stretch saying that Al Fateh can hope for a win on Thursday, scoring a goal definitely sounds realistic. Bet365 offers 1.80 odds on both teams scoring.
Both to score and Al Ittihad win
While we do believe that both Al Ittihad and Al Fateh will score, a 1-1 scoreline seems rather unlikely. That’s why we will go one step further in our Al Ittihad vs Al Fateh tips and say that the home side will win the game as both teams score. Bet365 offers 2.88 odds on it happening.
We have already explained our reasoning behind why Al Fateh should be able to get the ball past the goal line. The reason why we insist that the Tigers will come out victorious in the end is their superior squad. Besides Karim Benzema, Nuno also has the likes of N’Golo Kante and Fabinho, among others, at his disposal. They are on a good run of form and should be able to exploit Al Fateh’s problems in defence.
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