ClubSport Analysts' Preview: Al Nassr vs Al Hilal in the Saudi Pro League Match

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
17 May 2024, 16:02

The 32nd round of Saudi Pro League will see another confrontation between the main powers of Saudi football. Historically, Al Hilal has had the upper hand in this rivalry, winning 20 out of the 37 matches played between the two sides, while Al Nassr has secured 10 victories, and 7 matches have ended in a draw. The first-round encounter saw Al Hilal triumph with a 3-0 victory, thanks to goals from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

After that, teams played two more games - as a part of the friendly Riyadh Season Cup and the semifinal match of the Super Cup. Both matches ended in favour of Al Hilal (2-0, 2-1). Thus, Al Hilal enjoys a 3 consecutive wins in the head to head matches, while if taking into account only the league matches, the team is not losing to Al Nassr for 4 matches in a row.

Al Nassr vs Al Hilal Preview 

Al Nassr Preview

Al Nassr enters this match in high spirits, having recently defeated Al Akhdoud 3-2 in a closely contested game. The team has been in excellent form, winning their last five matches across all competitions. Despite the team having no motivation in the tournament, the team enjoys a formidable run in the league - 8 wins in a row. Cristiano Ronaldo, who was sent off in the previous encounter with Al Hilal, is set to bring his best on the field, scoring 6 goals in the last three matches. The key motivation for Al Nassr is finally to secure a win against its main rival in the league, given that the last time Al Nassr won in the framework of Saudi Pro League was in December 2021.

Al Hilal Preview 

Al Hilal, already crowned as a champion in the league, is impeccable this season, with the only upset was being eliminated from the AFC Champions League by Al Ain (4-2), which became the only defeat in this season so far. The team still did not lose a single match in the league, with only two draws. Having secured the Super Cup, Riyadh Season Cup, and most likely the King’s Cup, the only motivation for the team is to end the season undefeated in the league. Given the excellent form of key players, such as Alexander Mitrovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, this goal looks quite promising.

Betting Tips for Al Nassr vs. Al Hilal

Al Hilal to Win

Al Hilal is undoubtedly the best team in Saudi Arabia this season. With Al Nassr is sometimes incohesive in their display, having problems with defensive build-up and inconsistency in the attack, when Cristiano Ronaldo is not playing at its best, Al Hilal has a balance in all lines, which allowed the team to secure such a fantastic season. Al Nassr will do its best, but it is hard to believe that this match will see its efforts succeed, given the strengths of the guest side. For this Al Nassr vs Al Hilal prediction, Unibet gives 1.90.

Total Goals Over 3.5

With no real tournament motivation on the table, this match is anticipated to be a great spectacle for Saudi fans and owners, who invested so much during the last years. With the new rivalry between Al Nassr and Al Hilal emerging as the key Saudi El Clasicoesque match, this match between the two will likely be productive, given that all the key players are in shape and ready to finish the season in style. Al Nassr vs Al Hilal odds for this outcome, as defined by Unibet, are 1.98.

Salem Al Dawsari To Score At Any Time

While the figures of Mitrovic, Ronaldo, Milinkovic-Savic and other European stars are well-known, one of the best Al Hilal players is Salem Al Dawsari who feels extremely comfortable in the company of such superstars. He is the third goalscorer of the team (13 goals in the league) and, more importantly, favours to score against Al Nassr - in the last 10 matches, he scored 7 goals. For this Al Nassr vs Al Hilal tip, Unibet gives 3.25.

Remember to gamble responsibly. Tips provided serve only as a recommendation, not as a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement.