Round 16 of the 2023-24 Saudi Pro League brings together Al-Hilal and Al Wahda at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium for what promises to be an intriguing clash on Friday evening.
Al-Hilal enters this fixture after securing a convincing 3-0 victory over Al Taawoun in the King Cup, with goals from Michael, Aleksandar Mitrovic, and Malcolm securing their spot in the semi-finals.
In their previous league encounter, they secured a narrow 2-1 win against Al Taee, maintaining their seven-point lead at the top of the Saudi Pro League.
The hosts have been formidable at home, boasting a run of nine consecutive victories across all competitions. They aim to continue their dominance in their upcoming fixture against Al Wahda, a team they have largely dominated in their recent encounters.
Al Wahda comes into this match following a 2-0 win against Al Akhdoud. Despite sitting ninth in the league standings with 22 points from 16 matches, they have a comfortable nine-point lead over the relegation zone.
However, their away form hasn’t been as strong, conceding 13 goals in their last five away games, which could pose a challenge against Al-Hilal’s strong home record.
Al-Hilal will continue to miss Neymar due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Aleksandar Mitrovic, with five goals in his last six matches, remains a key figure in the attack.
Ruben Neves is expected to return to the starting lineup after a cameo appearance in the previous game.
Al Wahda’s Islam Hawsawi is back after serving a one-game suspension. However, Abdullah Al Bukhari might not feature in the starting lineup after starting in the last game.
Al Burayk, Tambakti, Koulibaly, Abdulhamid;
Al Faraj, Neves, Milinkovic-Savic;
Malcolm, Mitrovic, Al Dawsari
Al Wahda: (4-3-3)
Al Muwallad, El Yamiq, Duarte, Hawsawi;
Anselmo, Bakshween, Fajr;
Goodwin, Ighalo, Noor
Prediction: Al-Hilal 3-0 Al Wahda
Al-Hilal’s impressive home form makes them strong favorites in this match. With their dominance at home, a convincing 3-0 victory seems likely for the hosts against Al Wahda.