In a highly anticipated clash at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, Al-Taawoun welcomes Al-Nassr in a critical Saudi Pro League encounter on Saturday.
Al-Nassr enters the match riding a five-game winning streak across all competitions, while Al-Taawoun suffered a setback with a recent defeat to Al-Fateh.
Al-Taawoun sits fourth in the Saudi Pro League standings, trailing Al-Nassr by nine points in second place.
Despite a recent loss to Al-Fateh, they remain in contention for a top-three finish, closely trailing Al-Ahli Saudi by just three points for third place.
Under Pericles Chamusca’s guidance, Al-Taawoun has shown defensive solidity, conceding the second-fewest goals in the league this season (18).
However, their recent home form has seen two losses in their last three league games at King Abdullah Sports City Stadium.
Al-Nassr, on the other hand, has shown impressive resilience, securing a late win against Al-Ittihad and displaying a strong second-half performance in recent games.
They’ve been dominant in the latter stages of matches, outscoring opponents by 7-2 in the final 45 minutes of their last three encounters.
However, Al-Nassr’s inconsistency in defending has been evident, conceding 22 goals compared to Al-Hilal’s nine.
Despite their defensive vulnerabilities, they’ve managed to secure victories in seven of their last eight away league games after their opening defeat.
For Al-Taawoun, there might be minimal changes from their previous starting lineup, with Joao Pedro being a crucial goal-scoring threat.
On the other side, Al-Nassr may field a consistent lineup with key players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Talisca, and Sadio Mane leading the attack.
Al-Oyayari, Girotto, Al-Salui, Faqeehi;
Medeiros, El Mahdioui, Medran;
Barrow, Pedro, Castro
Al-Ghannam, Al-Amri, Laporte, Telles;
Talisca, Otavio, Mane;
Prediction: Al-Taawoun 1-2 Al-Nassr
Given Al-Nassr’s recent attacking form and Al-Taawoun’s slight defensive vulnerabilities at home, Al-Nassr is expected to edge this encounter with a 2-1 victory, continuing their impressive run and securing all three points.