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Al Wasl and Al Ain in top of the table clash as Arabian Gulf League resumes

Winner of highly anticipated clash will open a three point gap on rivals

The Arabian Gulf League returns for the second round of the 2017/2018 season this week with six matches on Thursday and Friday; three matches are to be played on each day.

The teams go into matchweek 12 with differing prospects for the next stage. Al Ain and Al Wasl fight for the top spot with Al Wahda closely behind hoping for both to stumble to join them on level terms. Al Nasr, Al Jazira and Shabab Al Ahli are fighting for a chance in the top four while Ajman, Sharjah and Dibba look to move into the upper mid-table. Finally, it is Al Dhafra, Emirates and Hatta who will be looking for positive results to move away from the relegation zone.

The first game will be played between Hatta and Shabab Al Ahli at the Hamdan bin Rashid Stadium at 17:00. Shabab Al Ahli in sixth place with 15 points are looking for a win after failing to do so in their last seven matches. Hatta, on the other hand, are after a third win of the season to move up from the tenth place they currently occupy with eight points.

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I a relegation battle six-pointer, Al Dhafra welcome Emirates at the Hamdan bin Zayed Stadium at 17:10. The Falcons are in last place with seven points, while their hosts are one place and one point better off.

At 19:45 on Thursday night is the clash between Al Nasr and Sharjah at the Shabab Al Ahli Stadium in Al Awir. The Blues are in fourth place with 17 points, while Sharjah have ten points in ninth place.

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Al Wahda travel to Fujairah to play Dibba on Friday at the Fujairah Stadium at 17:00, in a bid to catch Al Ain and Al Wasl at the top of the table. Sitting in third place with 23 points, the Clarets face a tough task against eighth-placed Dibba, who are unbeaten at home with two wins and four draws.

Ajman host Al Jazira in the second match of the night at the Rashid bin Saeed Stadium at 17:05, with the defending champions looking to bounce back after a thrashing at home to Al Wahda which put them back in fifth place with 16 points. The Oranges will want to get closer to Al Jazira, as they sit just four points behind them in ninth place.

The final match of the week will be between title contenders Al Wasl and Al Ain at 19:45 at the Zabeel Stadium, with both sides sitting at the top of the table with 25 points and either side looking to make the top spot their own with a win.

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