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Written By Jacobs Dunga

The Royals will square up against Damac Club in their next league game.

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Al Ahli could end Al Ettifaq’s hopes of making it to the AFC Champions League next season with a win in their next game.


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The two teams will go head to head at the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium on Thursday evening.

A win for Mathias Jaissle’s side will move them closer to Champion League qualification thereby ending Al Ettifaq’s hopes of making the continental competition.

Already eleven points behind third placed Al Ahli, Al Ettifaq will be left with an unreachable points gap should Al Ahli win against Damac on Thursday.

It further compounds Steven Gerrard’s woes in charge of Ettifaq this term.

Just on Saturday, Gerrard set an unwanted club record of eleven draws in a single league season, most the club have had since inception of the SPL.

Meanwhile…

Karim Benzema will play no part in Al Ittihad’s upcoming match against Al Hilal in the King’s Cup.

The French striker missed the last league game against Al Shabab, a game his side lost 1-3.

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The 35 year old has been inconsistent in coach Marcelo Gallardo’s roaster in recent times and has been confirmed he will miss the cup tie, reports @Fieldleague1.

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