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Damac vs Al Hilal Tips and Predictions

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
21 September 2023, 07:27

Damac and Al Hilal have been doing very differently in terms of results this season. While Al Hilal top the Saudi Pro League table with 16 points after six matches, Damac sit second from last with only three points to their name. 

On Thursday, September 21, the two teams are set to face each other at the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium in Abha. The match is scheduled to start at 6 pm local time. While Damac may need the win more, the balance looks tilted heavily in favour of Jorge Jesus’s team, as you will see in our Damac vs Al Hilal tips.

Both teams to score? No

Despite sitting so low in the league standings, Damac have not been necessarily terrible in attack, scoring eight goals in six matches (although they failed to win a single game, drawing three and losing three). However, we should also note that Al Hilal’s defence is a level above the teams Damac have faced this season so far. This is confirmed by the numbers as well, as Jesus’s men have conceded just six goals and kept two clean sheets. 

On Thursday, we expect Al Hilal to keep a clean sheet again since Damac’s attacking line does not look convincing enough to get past Kalidou Koulibaly and threaten Yassine Bounou’s goal. Bet365 offers 1.80 odds on at least one of the teams failing to score.

Al Hilal to win to nil

Continuing with the same line of thought, Al Hilal may well win the game against Damac to nil. Bet365 gives 2.00 odds on this happening.

Al Hilal have already won two games to nil this term, against Al Raed and Al Ettifaq, teams that sit higher than Damac in the Saudi Pro League table. Moreover, Al Hilal are much better than Damac in terms of their squad resources, as the Bosses have the likes of Neymar and Aleksandar Mitrovic in attack and Ruben Neves and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic in midfield to supply them with passes. 

Although this part of our Damac vs Al Hilal tips is riskier, we believe that the difference in class between the two teams is big enough for it to come true.

Over 3.5 goals

We’ve already praised Al Hilal’s defence but their strongest side is still the attack. So far, Jorge Jesus’s team has scored 20 goals in six matches, which is the best result in the league. Al Dawasari with six strikes is the second-best goalscorer in Saudi Pro League, only one behind football legend Cristiano Ronaldo. Malcom and Aleksandar Mitrovic also have netted five times each. 

At the same time, Damac has the second-worst defensive record in the league, having conceded 13 times in six matches. It is very unlikely that Cosmin Contra will have solved the team’s issues in one week, and even if they park the bus against Al Hilal, the visitors have enough individual quality to get past any kind of block. Thus, it is reasonable to expect a high-scoring match on Thursday, with Bet365 offering 1.83 odds on over 3.5 goals in the match.

Please remember to always gamble responsibly. Our Damac vs Al Hilal tips are mere suggestions, not a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement first and foremost.