Abu Dhabi: Al Ain, Al Wahda and Bani Yas are waiting for a slip from Al Nasr to snatch the leadership of the Etisalat Pro-League as the competition enters its seventh week on Thursday.
Walter Zenga’s Al Nasr, who lead the competition with 14 points and are the only unbeaten team, will have a tough away test when they face fourth-placed Bani Yas on Friday.
But the home team will miss the services of their top striker, Andre Senghor, who serves a one-match suspension after being sent off during their last match against Al Wahda.
Second-placed reigning champions Al Ain, with 13 points, will also have a tough hurdle to overcome as they visit Al Shabab, who are going through one of their darkest phases as they are placed 12th with only five points. Al Shabab will have their central defender Eisa Mohammad suspended for two matches after his brawl with Amara Diane of Al Dhafra, who has been banned for three games.
Al Wahda, third with 12 points, seem to have the easiest task among the top teams as they play host to Dibba, 13th with one single point, while Al Ahli go to Sharjah to face Al Shaab.
The grand finale of the week will be in Zabeel, where Al Wasl will host Al Jazira with Frenchman Guy Lacombe, who was on Wednesday unveiled as Al Wasl’s new head coach, expected to watch the match from the stands.