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Al Tai vs. Al Ahli Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
21 February 2024, 14:51

In the 21st round of Saudi Pro League, one of the best teams in the league, Al Ahli will face one of the league’s outsiders Al Tai. Both teams pursue different tasks and have different motivations. While a setback of Al Ahli in the last round was perceived as a call for action, according to the pre match talks and information, Al Tai is cruising in a winless situation at the beginning of December, without having a certain degree of capabilities to change the situation. The different status of the opponents is reaffirmed by head to head statistics, where the guests never had problems, having 5 wins in 5 matches, with the first-round match ended with a comfortable 2-0 win.

Al Tai vs. Al Ahli Preview 

Al Tai Preview

Al Tai cannot pretend to be favourites in the upcoming match given that the team from Ha’il is fighting to get out of the relegation zone. The bottom of SPL table is quite a contested territory, where the distance between the last 18th place and the saving 15th is only 6 points. Within these considerations, teams have to fight hard for each point to see themselves in the top division next season. Al Tai cannot show consistency for its fans in the team’s performance, having saved the last round match against Al Wehda in 90+8 minute, which was preceded by 4 losses in a row. Al Tai also does not shine in home matches, with only 13 points in 9 games. In these circumstances, one of the most aged teams in the league (average player age is 29.3 years) awaits to meet star-packed Al Ahli. 

Al Ahli Preview

Al Ahli failed to win against the middleweight Al Akhood (3-2) in the last round of SPL after an impressive streak of 9 matches without a loss. Matthias Jaissle’s team is currently third in the table, without any chances to compete for a title (16 points gap with Al Hilal) and bleak hopes for silver medals (9 points gap with Al Nassr). At the same time, the fourth-placed Al Taawoun hangs on the team’s heels, which necessitates that the team needs to get back on the winning track. Even despite Roger Ibanez’s absence in the upcoming match due to the disqualification, Al Ahli still has an impressive roster of players. All of the key attacking players including Roberto Firmino, Riyad Mahrez, and Allan Saint-Maximin are ready to prove that the last round loss was an unfortunate set of circumstances rather than a sign of structural crisis, and keeping this in mind, the team travels to Ha’il highly motivated.

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Best odds: Al Tai vs Al Ahli

Betting Tips for Al Tai vs. Al Ahli

Al Ahli Handicap -1.5

The difference between the two teams is too obvious to hope for any chance for Al Tai. Given the mood of the guests to get back on the winning ways and their positive head to head statistics, it is hard to expect anything but a comfortable win in this match. For this Al Tai vs. Al Ahli prediction, Unibet gives 2.09.

First Team to Score 2 Goals - Al Ahli

Aside from the last round loss, Al Ahli was crushing their last away matches with 4-0, 4-0, and 6-0 wins. This advantage was given to Jaissle’s team due to its quick movement with the ball, given the qualities of Firmino, Saint-Maximin and Mahrez. Al Tai is among the most aged teams in the league and its tardiness, evident in most of the matches, gives a great advantage to the guests. Unibet gives 1.61 for this Al Tai vs. Al Ahli tip.

Riyad Mahrez to Score at Any Time

Riyad Mahrez is one of the best players in the squad in attacking metrics - 8 goals, 7 assists and 2.8 shots per match. Moreover, he was the one who rallied the team after the loss in the last round, showing confidence and boosting team morale. It is well expected that his determination will transform into goal in the upcoming clash, given that it was Mahrez who opened the score in the first round match. Al Tai vs. Al Ahli odds, given by Unibet for this outcome, are more than favourable - 2.38.

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