DOHA THE top three teams in the Qatar Stars League will play away from home in the fourth round of the championship over the weekend.
League leaders Rayyan will be hosted by Al Khor, Wakrah faces resurgent QSL defending champion Lekhwiya and Al Sadd will be received by Al Sailiya on Sunday. The star match of the weekend is definitely the Wakrah versus Lekhwiya match holding at the Al Gharafa Stadium on Saturday.
Wakrah is on nine points after winning its opening three matches convincingly with six goals scored and none conceded.
Bosnian coach Mehmed Bazdarevic’s technical abilities will be put to test when it faces rejuvenated Lekhwiya, now guided by Belgian Eric Gerets.
Speaking during a pre-match conference on Thursday, Gerets said, “We respect all teams, especially a side like Al Wakra.
They are a good team enjoying a good start to the season so it will be a tough match. There is a bit of rivalry between them and us.” “Our players are back from the (national) camp and we are looking forward to this game. I hope Lekhwiya will regain lost ground. We are very confident about ourselves,” he added.
Lekhwiya, which seemed to have discovered its form after two impressive wins in the Qatar Stars Cup, will rely on Frenchman Simon Dia with support from Sebastian Soria.
League leaders Rayyan will hope to bounce back continue from QNB Cup defeats in the hands of Lekhwiya and Sailiya, when it engages Al Khor on Sunday. Rayyan midfielder Fabio Cesar will miss the match because of an injury, the club announced on Thursday.
Team regulars Jarallah al Marri, Abdullah Afifa,Younis Ali and Hamid Ismail are likely to be in the starting lineup after national team duties.
Al Khor unbeaten in three matches will have home advantage as it hopes to claim maximum points. Sailiya and Kharaitiyat are the two teams yet to score a goal in the QSL.
The bottom of the table club faces Al Sadd on Sunday. It would be a rude shock if it survives the onslaught of the attacking forays of Al Sadd to be led by Spanish legend Raul Gonzalez.
Hassan Shehata will make his QSL debut on the touchline with Arabi on Saturday against Qatar Sports Club.