Al Ittihad take on the visitors El Daklyeh at “Borg el-Arab Stadium” in the gameweek 24 of the Egyptian Premier League. The match will be played in Alexandria on Wednesday, February 14th.
Al Ittihad are a quite famous club in Egypt which occupies the third place in the country by a football popularity scale after Al Ahly and Zamalek. However, the side highly disappoints with its performance in this season, sitting now on the 15th position in the elite division standings with 22 points gained after 23 encounters played and only one single point separates Al Ittihad from the relegation zone. The team has earned 3:0 victory over Al Nasr, two draws against Alassiouty and Arab Contractors with the same 1:1 scoreline plus deserved 0:3 defeat from El-Entag El-Harby in its recent fights. Besides, Al Ittihad participated in 11 clashes in front of their supporters and picked up 13 points with 16 goals for and 15 goals against in them, having succeeded just in three home battles.
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Meanwhile, El Daklyeh currently settle on the 10th place in the Premier League table with 30 points taken after 23 rounds behind. At this point the side stays in a good shape, having not tasted a failure in four latest matches. It is quite curious that the club has managed to earn just two triumphs at its own turf while on the road it has collected five victories instead. El Daklyeh’ unbeaten away run counts for eight games already, moreover, they have scored in seven out of eight those clashes. The team picked up 20 points with 15 goals for and 15 goals against in 13 encounters conducted on the road.
The rivals recorded 2:2 draw in the reverse fixture played earlier in this season. Al Ittihad are considered to be the favourites of the upcoming fight as the club has to improve its situation immediately and has enough resources to do that. However, I do not believe that that the hosts will get an easy win because of El Daklyeh’s impressive performance on the road. Thus, bearing in mind the first-lap result as well as club’s goal average, I rather tend to believe that both sides will score.
Prediction for the match: Both teams to score.