Al-Ittihad, the leader of the Mohammed bin Salman Professional Cup League, seeks to beat its rival, Al-Hilal, the defending champion, who suffers from a shock after losing the King’s Cup title three days ago, by two or more goals in their match on Monday in the twenty-seventh round of the competition to win the championship title for the first time in 13 years.
Al-Ittihad leads the competition with 61 points, six points ahead of Al-Hilal before their confrontation on Monday. The victory of the owners of the land by two or more goals will lead to the victory of the title in their favour, three rounds before the end thanks to the direct confrontations after Al-Hilal won 2-1 against the two teams in the first round.
The last time Al-Ittihad won the league title was in the 2008-2009 season.
The match comes at a difficult time for Al-Hilal, who won the title in the last two seasons, after losing on Thursday to Al-Fayha in the final of the King of Saudi Arabia 3-1 penalty shootout after extra time ended in a 1-1 draw.
Al Hilal also suffered a strong blow before the match with the injury of South Korean defender Jang Hyun Soo.
Al Hilal said on his Twitter account: “Tests showed that Jang Hyun Soo suffered a toe injury, after he left the stadium after the Al-Fayhaa match in the cup final while limping.
Al Hilal will also enter the match, supported by the efforts of the Nigerian Odion Ighalo, the top scorer of the team and the league so far with 21 goals, and the ambition of Salem Al-Dosari (30 years), who seeks to reduce the difference with his colleagues Fahd Al-Mawlid and Nasser Al-Shamrani, who scored five goals each during Al-Ittihad matches.
Al-Ittihad hopes to restore balance after its stumble against Al-Fateh (4-4) in the last stage, which provided the opportunity for Al-Hilal to reduce the difference to 6 points.
The Federation enters the match in full ranks, after the recovery of its Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazy and his return to group training after a long absence due to an injury he suffered last February in the African Nations Cup finals with his country, but his participation in the match remains dependent on his physical readiness.