Hilal-Nassr final likely

Bander Alhamad

Published — Wednesday 26 December 2012

Last update 26 December 2012 12:09 pm

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Tomorrow, the 16th round of the Saudi Premier League will be held before it stops for a month. It then resumes on January 25 next year for the national team competition in the next GCC Championship. But last Saturday and Sunday was very exciting as the Crown Prince Cup quarterfinal matches were played.
It looks like we are in for a Hilal-Nassr final. Nassr beat Ahli while Hilal got their revenge from Fateh and beat them 2-0 in Ahsa.
Usually, Hilal always meet Nassr at an early stage and eliminate them from the championship, making Nassr the road to the cup for Hilal.
For the past five years, Hilal was the only champion for the Crown Prince Cup. Now, those two teams will most likely meet in the final, as they will both have easy matches in the semifinals. Nassr will meet Ra’aed and Hilal will face Faisaly. But the possibility of losing for both teams are very slim based on their opponents’ standings in the league.
Nassr with their new coach are doing well. Although their recent wins were against not very powerful teams like Hilal and Fateh, we still can’t deny that the coach pushed the team to play better.
Hilal on the other hand are suffering from their coach who can’t play with the same lineup for at least two consecutive matches. I think if he played the same plan he did against Fateh last Sunday, his team would not have lost their match two weeks ago against Fateh. They could well be the No.1 in the league by now.
I hope both teams will prepare very well if they make it to the final. And I wish the best of luck to our national team.

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