As part of the postponement of the meeting due to weather conditions, the last match of the 19th round of the Saudi Pro League will be played only on Wednesday. Despite the fact that the teams are in different parts of the standings and have different media levels, both approach the face-to-face match not in the best shape having three consecutive defeats. Al Tai occupies the 16th place in the table and the main goal of the team is to maintain themselves in the top division. Considering that the density in the middle of the table is quite serious (the current 10th Al Khaledj has only 5 points more than this match's hosts), the goal is quite real. Al Ittihad, amid rumors and scandals related to Karim Benzema, hangs out in 7th place, showing a very unstable game. Of course, the main goal of the team, given the spending in the transfer market and the PR campaign, is to get into the top three, but it will be very difficult to achieve this goal - the gap to third place is as much as 12 points.
Al Tai vs. Al Ittihad Preview
Al Tai Preview
Al Tai is not one of those teams that flashed in the transfer window news all through the end of the summer. The team from Ha'il is mainly made up of local players, with several not-so-famous foreign players in the squad. Al Tai even won the championship at one time (in the late 1990s), but since then it has remained a classic middleweight team. Traditionally, for a team of this caliber, it can fight at home (1-2 with Al Hilal, 1-2 with Al Nasr), but plays quite unsuccessfully in away games. Al Tai has lost three games in a row and hopes to rectify the situation with the upcoming home match.
Al Ittihad Preview
Al Ittihad was one of the Saudi teams that blew up the transfer market in the summer, acquiring Karim Benzema and N'golo Kante. Despite this, the team failed to reach the expected level and is increasingly becoming a participant in scandals (the dismissal of Nuno Espirito Santo, Benzema's desire to leave the club), which affects the results. Three defeats in a row, 7th place in the table and an inarticulate game (in the last 5 matches, only Al Faizali from the second division and Auckland were beaten). It seems that the Marcelo Gallardo team still does not understand how it should play.
Betting Tips for Al Tai vs. Al Ittihad
Both Teams to Score
Both teams are not in the best condition at the moment and are conceding quite a lot lately. Despite this, there are several players in both squads that can score at any time. Al Tai looks good at home, scoring in 7 of the last 8 matches, while Al Ittihad failed to score only twice in 8 away matches. William Hill evaluates this Al Tai vs. Al Ittihad prediction with odds of 1.59
Total Over 2.5 Goals
This Al Tai vs. Al Ittihad tip is also logical given the form of both teams. In the case of the hosts, this total was recorded in 6 of the last 8 matches, while the Gallardo team had it in 8 of the last 8 matches to the asset. Both Al Tai and Al Ittihad cannot boast of a well-coordinated defensive game, which leads to the emphasis of both teams on attack. Al Tai vs. Al Ittihad odds for this outcome are 1.61, presented by Parimatch.
Handicap Al Tai (+1)
As already mentioned, Al Thai is quite a homely team and in Ha'il the team gives battle to almost every opponent. The leaders of the championship, Al Hilal and Al Nasr, barely got three points, having won the same 1-2 victories. Given all the difficulties of Al Ittihad, it is difficult to imagine that the team will win a landslide victory here with a difference of more than one goal. Parimatch evaluates this outcome with odds of 1.79.
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