Emirates host Al Shaab, Al Wasl take on Al Dhafra, Ajman travel to Al Shabab and Al Ain entertain Al Nasr on Thursday.
Al Shabab fighting for second v Ajman
Emirates v Al Shaab
Al Shaab travel to Ras Al Khaimah with their spirits up after breaking their four-match losing streak in the league. Shaab edged Al Shabab 2-1 four days ago and play Emirates, who have lost their past four games after a win over Al Dhafra in their opener, in a match between two teams trying to move up from the bottom of the league table.
4.50pm, Emirates Stadium
Al Wasl v Al Dhafra
Al Dhafra travel with an upbeat mood to the Zabeel Stadium for a meeting with the crisis-hit Al Wasl. Dhafra have won seven points from their past three league games. “The players must continue to keep focus on every game and play at the same high level for us to keep this momentum moving forward,” Abdullah Misfir, the Dhafra coach, said.
4.55pm, Zabeel Stadium
Al Shabab v Ajman
Abdulwahab Abdulqader, the Ajman coach, believes his players can take the confidence forward after picking up four points from their past two games. They meet Al Shabab after ending their three-match losing run with a 1-1 draw against Al Jazira and a 4-2 triumph over Al Wasl. The Dubai club will be looking to bounce back from a shock 2-1 defeat to Al Shaab
8.30pm, Maktoum Stadium
Al Ain v Al Nasr
The two-time defending champions lie ninth in the table, and coach Quique Sanchez Flores says Nasr will be no easy test. “Nasr are a strong team and have made great improvements in performance recently,” he said. Al Ain are unbeaten in four games since he took over the side and said what came before does not concern him, “I have confidence in my players to pass this difficult period. I don’t think some of the results before I took charge were because of poor performances.”
8.30pm, Tahnoun bin Moh’d
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