x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Al Shabab fighting for second v Ajman

Emirates host Al Shaab, Al Wasl take on Al Dhafra, Ajman travel to Al Shabab and Al Ain entertain Al Nasr on Thursday.

Al Shaab, in red, will be taking on Emirates hoping to carry momentum over from their 2-1 win over Al Shabab four days ago. Sarah Dea / The National
Al Shaab, in red, will be taking on Emirates hoping to carry momentum over from their 2-1 win over Al Shabab four days ago. Sarah Dea / The National

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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