Damac vs Al Riyadh SPL 2023-24: In the second matchday of the 2023-24 Saudi Pro League season, there’s an intriguing clash between Damac and Al Riyadh at the Dhamak Club Stadium on Thursday.
Damac vs Al Riyadh Match Details
|Teams||Damac vs Al Riyadh|
|Venue||Dhamak Club Stadium|
Damac enters this match with a disappointing 1-0 loss to Al Tai in their previous game. On the other hand, Al Riyadh started the season strong, securing a 1-0 victory against Al Wehda at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium.
- Recent Form: L (1-0 vs Al Tai)
- Previous Season: 9W, 9D, 13L, Finished 8th
- Home Record: 5W, 5D, 5L (16 goals scored)
- Likely Starting Lineup:
- Abdalbaset, Al Hawsawi, Chafai, Bedrane, Al-Ammar, Munshi, Sharara, Al-Bishi, Antolic, Makin, Al-Johani
Looking at Damac’s recent history, they’re eager for a better season compared to the last one. Their previous season ended on a weak note, with only one win in the final five matches, along with three draws and two losses. This performance caused them to finish three places lower than the previous season, in eighth place. Across the 30 league matches, they managed nine wins, nine draws, and 13 losses.
Al Riyadh Preview
- Recent Form: W (1-0 vs Al Wehda)
- Promoted from First Division League (4th place)
- Previous Season (First Division League): 19W, 6D, 9L
- Likely Starting Lineup:
- Campana, Asiri, Arslanagic, Tosca, Al-Nowaiqi, Ndong, Toure, Al Khaibari, Al-Zaqaan, Al Abbas, Musona
In their last game, despite having more attempts at goal, Damac couldn’t overcome Al Tai, a team that finished below them last season and had lost their last five matches. Damac’s home record from the previous season includes five wins, five draws, and five losses in 15 matches. While their home performance wasn’t among the best, their attacking performance was notably lacking, with only 16 goals scored in that period.
Despite these challenges, Damac is heavily favored to win against Al Riyadh, a newly promoted team. To secure this victory, Damac needs to tighten up their defense, as they’ve conceded 11 goals in their last six matches.
Al Riyadh is returning to the top tier of Saudi Arabian football after a long absence since their relegation in the 2004-05 season. They secured promotion from the First Division League, finishing fourth. Last season, they accumulated 63 points in 34 matches, which placed them nine points behind the league winners, Al-Ahli. Their record included 19 wins, six draws, and nine losses.
Although there are doubts about Al Riyadh’s performance in the new season, they began their campaign on a positive note, beating Al Wehda 1-0. This victory marked their return to the top flight after a substantial gap, and it surely boosted their confidence. They aim to build on this successful start, particularly in their first away match of the season.
Damac vs Al Riyadh Lineups
Here are the possible starting lineups for both teams:
- Al Hawsawi
- Al Khaibari
- Al Abbas
Damac vs Al-Riyadh Head to Head
|Total||Damac (W)||Al-Riyadh (W)||Draws|
|Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Stadium||Damac (W)||Al-Riyadh (W)||Draws|
|Away Stadium||Damac (W)||Al-Riyadh (W)||Draws|
|Division 1||Damac (W)||Al-Riyadh (W)||Draws|
|Crown Prince Cup Qualifiers||Damac (W)||Al-Riyadh (W)||Draws|