Blink and youll miss the Saudi Professional League.
A curious spell for the competitors sees its resumption this weekend after a two-week hiatus for the Kings Cup preliminaries. However followers of the Kingdoms high flight will solely obtain a fleeting style to whet their appetites, with rounds 11 and 12 being postponed due to the nationwide groups late inclusion within the 24th Gulf Cup.
These quirks of the fixture record might impair rebounding champions Al Nassrs momentum, whereas belated SPL debuts await Dutch veteran Henk ten Cate at tumultuous Al Ittihad and Tunisian Nacif Beyaoui at promoted Al Adalah.
Listed here are the speaking points for spherical 10:
TAMING THE TIGER?
There have been ample challenges offered to Ten Cate all through nearly three a long time in administration.
Inspiring Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi and Barcelonas galaxy of stars within the early 2000s underneath Frank Rijkaard, nonetheless, could pale compared to what awaits at Ittihad.
The fallen Saudi heavyweights made the nice and cozy 64-year-outdated their fifth everlasting supervisor since Might 2018 on November. The three weeks since have included a brand new contract for prolific Brazilian ahead Romarinho, plus development to the Arab Membership Champions Cup quarter-finals courtesy of a 2-zero second-leg triumph versus the UAEs Al Wasl and a 4-zero thrashing of decrease-league Al Riyadh within the Kings Cup.
Early promise, then, that will likely be examined at Ettifaq on Sunday.
Ten Cates predominant precedence is to stop 2018/19s shameful flirt with relegation. A poor SPL debut might see the untamed Tigers again within the drop zone and put the Dutchman underneath undesirable strain.
NASSRS TIME TO STRIKE
The temper has lifted within the blue half of Riyadh.
Septembers quarter-closing elimination from the 2019 AFC Champions League and 5-level haul from their opening 4 SPL video games hadsentalarm bells ring. Fears about complacency from Rui Vitorias prices, nonetheless, have been emphatically allayed since.
A 5-match successful run throughout the highest flight and Kings Cup has witnessed 15 targets scored, with solely two let in. Ceaseless Morocco striker Abderrazak Hamdallah netted six occasions throughout this spell together with an enlivening brace in victory at pacesetters Al Hilal.
Add to his tally on Sunday at Al Wehda with the Crescent on ACL closing responsibility and possession of first place will likely be theirs once more. Will they ever let it go?
BOYS IN GREEN
Saudi Arabias shock, late, choice to compete within the Gulf Cup has supplied a headache for fixture planners.
But it surely has additionally offered a obligatory take a look at mattress for nationwide boss Herve Renard.
A robust squad was named on Wednesday for the event in Doha from November 26-December 8. The Inexperienced Falcons will quickly take flight and solely need victory.
But extra delays for the SPL, however greater issues are at play.
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