Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Easy Pickings For Kuwait's Top Three

After the excitement of last weekend’s round of fixtures, which of course included the Al Classico won by Qadsia 2-0, the next round of games are perhaps slightly more mundane with the title challengers facing more humble opposition and a hodgepotch of mid table meets.

Leaders Qadsia travel south to Abu Halifa to take on Al Fahaheel and shouldn’t face too many problems. With 50 goals from their 16 games the Hawally based team boast the most lethal attack in the league and their scrooge like defence have just shipped nine goals. Al Fahaheel sit ninth in the league and can at least look back on their last game with some pride, defeating Al Shabab 2-0 but that was their first win since the middle of January when they overcame Yarmouk 2-1. They did defeat Al Shabab in the Emir Cup but that was on penalties. For all their woes they do boast a tight defence when compared to their cellar dweller rivals but won’t need reminding they lost 4-0 against Qadsia when they met earlier in the campaign.

Al Salmiya came from behind to beat Al Yarmouk last weekend and on Saturday they play Al Shabab away. The Students are 11th but do at least have three wins from their last eight having failed to secure three points in their first seven games to give a sheen of respectability and the illusion of pulling away from the relegation places. However they were soundly beaten 3-0 when they first met and it is difficult to see them getting anything from this game, especially if Al Salmiya play like they did in the second half against Al Yarmouk.

Champions Kuwait SC sit three points behind Qadsia and Al Salmiya but do have a game in hand. They are also a side in form with eight wins on the spin and while Al Sahel may cause them a few problems for an hour or so it is difficult to see Kuwait SC dropping points. All Al Sahel have to show for their last seven games is a couple of 0-0 draws against fellow strugglers Al Fahaheel and Al Shabab.

18/02 Al Yarmouk v Khaitan, Al Suliabikat v Kazma
19/02 Al Fahaheel v Qadsia, Kuwait SC v Al Sahel
20/02 Al Shabab v Al Salmiya, Al Nasr v Al Jahra

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