Matchday 6 of the Saudi Professional League. Al-Raed versus Al-Nassr. The game kicks off on Saturday, September 16 at the King Abdullah Stadium in Buraydah.
This is the match of the teams of different level. There are no stars who have played in top European league in the Al-Raed squad. One of the leaders of the side is Norwegian Mathias Normann, who used to play in Russia and in Norwich (23 games for the English team). Another foreign player of Al-Raed is Portuguese goalkeeper André Moreira, who used to play in his home country and two years in Switzerland.
Al-Nassr is one of the most prominent clubs of the Saudi Professional League in Europe. Of course, it’s mostly because of Cristiano Ronaldo. Besides, Sadio Mané, Aymeric Laporte, Otávio and Marcelo Brozović have recenlty joined the team.
Al-Nassr is obviously the favourite of the game. The Al-Raed vs Al-Nassr odds tell us that you can bet on Al-Nassr at 1.20-1.30. You can bet on Al-Raed at 11.00-11.15 or on a draw at 6.40-6.50.
Below are our Al-Raed vs Al-Nassr tips.
The beginning of the season hasn’t been positive for the side. They have won just one of the first five games. They currently 14th, close to the relegation zone. However, the schedule was tough for Al-Raed. They had to start with the game versus Al-Ittihad (0:3), that have a lot of stars in their squad. Then they played against Al-Hilal (0:4), that have many stars too.
Nevertheless, there is some kind of progress in the Al-Raed’s performance: after three consecutive defeats in the first rounds, the side beat Al-Riyadh (3:0) and ended a game versus Al-Feiha in a draw (0:0). These results ignite the hope in the mind of their fans that Al-Raed will be able to get some points playing against the team from the bottom part of the table.
The side of Cristiano Ronaldo has failed the start of the season, losing twice in the first two games. Al-Ettifaq beat them in the first round (2:1), thanks to the goal of Moussa Dembélé. The second matchday saw Al-Nassr lsoing their home game versus Al-Taawoun (0:2).
This defeat has probably blown the self-esteem of the club full of stars, because they haven’t lost a game after that. Al-Nassr haven’t even noticed any kind of resistance from their opponents, beating them easily: Al-Fateh (5:0), Al-Shabab (4:0) and Al-Hazm (5:1). Three consecutive victories with the 14:1 score is an impressive result. Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mané were leading these games. They’re currently the best scorers of the team with six and five goals scored respectively.
Betting tips Al-Raed vs Al-Nassr
Last season saw Al-Nassr leaving no chance to Al-Raed in their head-to-head games (4:0, 4:1). Historically, the side that currently has Ronaldo and Mané in the squad has always played well against Al-Raed, 14 wins and 1 draw in the last 15 official games.
There’s no doubt that Al-Raed have very little chance to succeed in this game. Al-Nassr have found the way they play and will not let their opponent to do anything to get a point. We believe that Al-Nassr will win in a confident manner. This is what we suggest betting on in our Al-Raed vs Al-Nassr prediction. Our tip for this game is Al-Nassr -1,5 at 1.68.