Tuesday 25 Dec

Al-Raed vs Al-Taawoun - Match Preview

25 Dec 2018 Ed Mackey SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Professional League
SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Professional League

Al Raed

  • L
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W

vs

Kick-off
15:00 GMT
25 December 2018

Al Taawon

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L

Kick-off
15:00 GMT 25 December 2018

There isn’t much football on Christmas Day but there is some in Saudi Arabia as Al-Raed and Al-Taawoun face off in the only fixture of the day.

STATS

  • Al-Raed haven’t had the best start to the season as they sit 12th with 15 points from 13 games. They’ve won two of last five league games which is form that represents their position in the table. They scored their only goal of the last three games last time out as they beat Al-Hazm 1-0.
  • Al-Taawoun have been much better than their upcoming opponents and they are 4th in the table at this almost halfway stage of the season. They’ve won four of their last five games as they have risen up the table. Although, they were defeated in their last match as they lost 3-1 away at Al-Qadisiyah.
  • Saleh Javier is Al-Raed’s leading scorer but with just four goals, he highlights their lack of a prolific striker.
  • Meanwhile, Al-Taawoun have their second highest scorer in the whole league. Leandre Tawamba Kana has 11 goals, only Batefimbi Gomis has more.

HEAD TO HEAD

The last two meetings between the sides have ended as 2-2 draws with the fixtures in January of this year and September of last year reaching that conclusion. Both sides will be hoping to win on Tuesday as they meet for the first time this season.

AL-RAED NEWS

The hosts can go 11th with a win but they will be up against it against a side with real title-contending credentials.

Latest matches: Al Raed

20.12.2018 Saud Al Raed Al Hazm 1:0 W
14.12.2018 Saud Al Nasr Riyadh Al Raed 4:0 L
08.12.2018 Saud Al Raed Al Ahli Jeddah 0:0 D
01.12.2018 Saud Al Baten Al Raed 1:3 W
23.11.2018 Saud Al Qadisiyah Al Raed 3:1 L

AL-TAAWOUN NEWS

The visitors can go 3rd with three points and they should be able to do just that on a much better run of form.

Latest matches: Al Taawon

21.12.2018 Saud Al Qadisiyah Al Taawon 3:1 L
14.12.2018 Saud Al Taawon Al Faiha 3:0 W
07.12.2018 Saud Al Wehda Al Taawon 0:1 W
01.12.2018 Saud Al Fateh SC Al Taawon 0:2 W
24.11.2018 Saud Al Ittifaq Al Taawon 2:4 W

SUMMARY

The away side have a much superior side and are in better form therefore they should come away with a win on Christmas Day despite being away from. Backing Tawamba Kana to score might also be worthwhile as he is in fantastic goalscoring form.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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