Al Hilal vs Abha: How to Watch, Expected Lineups, Predictions, Head to Head Stats, Injury News, Streaming & More

Published 12/20/2023, 8:01 AM EST

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Saudi Pro League leaders Al Hilal are set to face relegation-threatened Abha in their next match. The stage is set for a showdown at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, where Jorge Jesus’ men will try to continue their title charge, having lost no games yet. Abha, on the other hand, finds themselves in a different reality and will try to come out of the slump, having won only four games till now.

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The anticipated showdown will kick off on Thursday, 21st Dec 2023, 06:00 PM (UTC). Al Hilal has established an awe-inspiring record of 15 wins and two draws at the season’s midpoint. The staggering 10-point gap between them and the second-placed Al-Nassr speaks volumes about their dominance.

Predicted Lineup for Al Hilal vs Abha

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Before the battle commences, let’s peek into the tactical insights with the predicted lineups. Al Hilal will be organized in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation, whereas Abha will stick to a 4-3-3 structure.

Al Hilal (4-2-3-1): Bono(GK), Koulibaly, Abdulhamid, Bulaihi, Berik, Savic, Neves, Michael, Malcom, Dawsari, Mitrovic

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Abha (4-3-3): Tatarusanu(GK), Qumayzi, Sahafi, Noguera, Naji, Matic, Sudani, Krychowiak, Bguir, Ekambi, Kamano

Injury and team news

While Neymar’s absence due to injury is a blow for Al Hilal, the squad remains solid with no other injury concerns or suspensions. Abha, on the other hand, faces the daunting task of dissolving a formidable opponent. Their complete squad is also fit to play the match.

Head to Head & Form

In the history of their clashes, Al Hilal and Abha have engaged in 14 battles, with the scales tipping heavily in favor of Al Hilal, who boasts 11 victories. Abha’s only ever win against Al Hilal came in February 2021, a 3-2 victory away from home. The odds look stacked against Abha in this upcoming clash.

Al-Hilal Form (last 5 games): W-W-W-W-W

Abha Form (last 5 games): D-L-L-L-L

Predictions

Based on Al Hilal’s devastating form and Abha’s concerns, it seems like a straightforward victory for Jorge Jesus’ men. Abha’s defensive vulnerabilities are likely to be exploited, paving the way for a resounding Al-Hilal victory.

Prediction: Al-Hilal 3-0 Abha

How to watch the game

Soccer enthusiasts can catch the action live through various channels:

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For the USA fans, the clash will stream on FOX Sports and ESPN. For the UK, DAZN and Sky Sports will be broadcasting the match.

Fans in India can stream the match via Sony Sports Network.

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Written by:

Sahil Sharma

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I am Sahil Sharma, a dedicated soccer writer with a profound commitment to the beautiful game. My journey as a soccer enthusiast dates back to my childhood, but it was in 2014, when Real Madrid clinched their historic 10th UEFA Champions League title, the famed La Decima, that my passion for the sport truly ignited. That momentous triumph transformed me into an ardent Madridista.
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