The upcoming match between Al-Fateh and Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League is one that football fans around the world will be eagerly waiting to witness. Al-Nassr, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, will be looking to get back on track after a disappointing defeat in the semi-finals of the Saudi Super Cup last week. The Portuguese football superstar has been making waves since joining the club and fans are eager to see him find the back of the net wearing the Al-Nassr shirt.
On the other hand, Al-Fateh will be looking to extend their lead in the league table, as they currently sit in sixth place with 21 points from 14 matches. They will have to be at their best to challenge the high-flying Al-Nassr, who lead the league with 33 points.
The match is scheduled to take place on February 3, 2023, at the Prince Abdullah bin Jalawi Stadium with a kick-off time of 3:00pm GMT. Unfortunately, fans in the United Kingdom, India, and the United States will not be able to watch the game live on TV. However, they can still stream the game online with a subscription to Shahid. Highlights of the match will also be available on Al-Nassr’s official YouTube channel and their social media pages on Twitter and Facebook.
Let’s take a closer look at the teams and their squad news. Al-Nassr will be relying on their star-studded lineup that includes players like Bukhari, Al-Owairedhi, Abdullah, Al-Aqidi in the goalkeeping position, S. Al-Ghannam, Al-Fatil, Al-Amri, Boushal, Konan, Al Mansour, Gonzalez, Qasheesh, Al-Faraj, Haqawi, and Lajami in defense, Al-Sulaiheem, Martinez, K. Al-Ghannam, Al-Najei, L. Gustavo, Al-Hassan, Yahya, Ghareeb, Al-Alawi, and Masharipov in midfield, and Ronaldo, Maran, Al-Nemer, and Talisca in the forward positions. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make his third consecutive start for the team and will be the focal point of their attack.
However, Al-Nassr will have to make do without goalkeeper David Ospina, who remains out of action with an elbow injury. Amin Bukhari will continue to replace him in goal. The possible lineup for Al-Nassr is Bukhari; Lajami, Gonzalez, Al-Amri; Masharipov, S. Al-Ghannam, Martinez, Gustavo, Ghareeb; Talisca, Ronaldo.
Al-Fateh, on the other hand, will be relying on their well-rounded squad that includes Rinne, Al-Bahrani, Al-Anezi, and Malayekah in goalkeeping, Velez, Saadane, Al-Oujami, Al-Dohaim, Al-Jari, Buhimed, Al-Nashmi, Al-Zubaidi, and Al-Mousa in defense, Abdullah, Al-Najdi, Bendebka, Petros, Al-Hassan, Al-Fuhaid, Kanabah, Al-Moqahwi, Al-Habib, Al-Dosari, Al-Saeed, Cueva, and Al-Khulaif in midfield, and Al-Jassim, Tello, Al-Othman, Batna