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Al Ittihad vs Al Hilal Predictions and Preview

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
29 April 2024, 15:44

Al Ittihad and Al Hilal have shown consistent form throughout the season, making this semifinal match one of the most anticipated fixtures. Al Ittihad, playing at home at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, will look to leverage their home advantage, while on the other hand, Al Hilal, known for their resilience, will aim to challenge the hosts and secure an away victory to make its way to the final. The teams have already met 5 times during the season (2 matches in the Saudi Pro League, 2 matches in the playoffs of the AFC Champions League and a match in the framework of the Super Cup), and Al Hilal got 5 consecutive wins. 

Al Ittihad vs Al Hilal Preview 

Al Ittihad Preview

Al Ittihad’s road to the semifinals was relatively easy, except for the first round, when the team managed to pass over Al Kholood only through penalty shootout (6-7). In 1/8, Al Ittihad comfortably cruised past Al Fayha (3-0) and won over Al Faisaly (4-0) in the quarter finals. The team, however, faces pressing challenges in the Saudi Pro League, where it fiercely attempts to climb to the third place, which is only 2 points away. While the first two places have already been claimed by Al Hilal and Al Nassr, the battle for the last spot to the AFC Champions League next season will be heated until the last round. Given that Al Ittihad can’t win over Al Hilal for the last 11 matches, Marcelo Gallardo will face the challenge of prioritising the team’s needs.

Al Hilal Preview 

Al Hilal's performance in both domestic league and the cup has been commendable, with a strong defensive record complemented by their aggressive attacking play. On their way to the semis, the team has not conceded a single goal, easily cruising past Al Jabalain (1-0), Al Hazem (3-0) and Al Taawoun (3-0). With the Saudi Pro League title is almost in Al Hilal’s pocket, as well as the recent Super Cup trophy won over Al Ittihad (4-1), Al Hilal will aim to secure the domestic treble, with only two steps left for it. As the team prepares to face Al Ittihad, Al Hilal will rely on their strategic prowess and the individual talents of their star players, as well as strong head-to-head statistics, to clinch another victory. With the only absence of Neymar and Alexander Mitrovic, Al Hilal’s key players are ready for the upcoming clash.

Betting Tips for Al Ittihad vs Al Hilal

Al Hilal to Win

The recent match of the Super Cup was indicative in terms of the strengths of the teams. Al Hilal quite easily won 4-1 and was a dominating side over the course of the game. Similar scenarios happened in the two rounds of the Saudi Pro League and it is hard to imagine that something will change in the upcoming match. Al Ittihad still struggles to find its game and it will be extremely difficult for the team to fight on a similar level, especially given the tight situation in the championship.

First to Score - Al Ittihad

Interestingly enough, Al Ittihad scored first in the last three matches when the team was on the scoresheet against Al Hilal. In the Super Cup match, Hamdallah opened the scoring in the 21th minute, in the first-round match of SPL, Romarinho scored first in the 16th, while in the second-round clash, N'golo Kante was first to score in the 12th minute. While in the framework of AFC, Al Ittihad did not score a single goal during the tie, the team had some chances in the beginning of the match. Thus, this match can also see Al Ittihad opening the score.

Total Corners Under 10.5 

With Alexander Mitrovic injured, Al Hilal relies less on corners, while Al Ittihad is generally preferring to build their attacks through combinations between Karim Benzema and N’golo Kante. Within these considerations, the scarcity of corners became evident in cases of both teams - Al Ittihad last 5 out of 7 matches saw less than 11 corners, while in the case of Al Hilal, it happened in the last 4 out of 5 occasions. Head-to-head matches between the two are also indicative, with less than 11 corners were taken in the last 6 out 7 last clashes. 

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