Al-Ittihad vs Damac prediction and betting tips - May 23, 2024
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Al-Ittihad vs Damac prediction and betting tips - May 23, 2024

Tournament: Saudi Pro League
Location: King Abdullah Sports City
Match date: 23.05.2024

On May 23, 2024, in the 33rd round of the Saudi Pro League, Al-Ittihad will face Damac. The former champions are contending for no higher than fourth place, while their opponents will finish mid-table regardless of the outcome.

Key Statistics and Trends:

  • Al-Ittihad has lost four consecutive matches, only breaking the streak with a draw in the last round.
  • Damac has won just 1 of their last 9 matches.
  • The most common scoreline between these clubs is 1-1 (three times).
  • Al-Ittihad has scored 23% of their goals, and Damac 26%, between the 31st and 45th minutes.

Al-Ittihad - Form Analysis: Struggling to Finish the Season Strong

The "Tigers" reclaimed their championship status last season. The squad was bolstered with a host of star players, but the most high-profile addition, Benzema, after a strong start, saw a dip in form and created unrest, leading to rumors of a possible winter transfer. Marcelo Gallardo’s team overall has also faltered. They were eliminated in the AFC Champions League quarter-finals, lost in the Saudi Cup and Super Cup in April, and in the national league, they have only defeated Al-Hazem since the beginning of last month. Recent rounds brought defeats with a multitude of goals conceded, making the 1-1 draw with Al-Khaleej seem like progress.

Damac - Form Analysis: A Typical Season for This Club

The "Southern Knights" have remained mid-table performers in the 2023/2024 season. It’s no surprise that Contra has retained his coaching position since last spring, as the management likely believes no one could do better. It has been clear for a while that N’Koudou and company secured their top-division status with a strong run that ended back in December. Unsurprisingly, they have had very few victories in 2024, the last being against Al-Ohod in mid-April. Their recent match against Al-Fayha ended in a 1-1 draw.

Al-Ittihad: Team News

Benzema has gone to Madrid for recovery.

Damac: Team News

Contra has all players available.

Al-Ittihad vs Damac: Possible Starting Lineups:

Al-Ittihad (Possible Lineup): Al-Muhannad - Turki Mohammed Yousef Al-Jaadi, Qadesh, Al-Mousa, Al-Sukur - Al-Ghamdi, Kante, Al-Ghamdi - Al-Sahafi, Romarinho, Al-Jamaan

Damac (Possible Lineup): Zeghba - Dhari Sayyar Munzal Al-Anazi, Al-Rashidi, Faqihi, Sanousi Mohammed - N'Koudou, Bader Mohammed Youssef Munshi, Stanciu, Antolić, Al-Zein - Al-Shahrani

Previous Matches

Al-Ittihad had 6 unbeaten matches, winning half of them. However, Damac won 3-1 at home in December.

Free Match Prediction for Al-Ittihad vs Damac on May 23:

Gallardo’s team is considered the clear favorite, but they are out of form, as are their opponents. Don’t expect a high-scoring spectacle; bet on "total under 3.0 goals" (odds – 1.8).