Sharjah: Saudi Arabia head coach Herve Renard will welcome back Al Hilal playmaker Salman Al Faraj as the Frenchman attempts to secure automatic qualification for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ on Thursday with victory over China PR in Sharjah.
Al Faraj missed the games against Oman and Japan earlier this year due to injury as the Saudis saw their lead at the top of Group B whittled down to a solitary point, but the influential 32-year-old’s return will bolster Renard’s side for the crucial game against the Chinese.
Riyadh: Iraq and the United Arab Emirates will have their eyes firmly focused on third place when they lock horns in the penultimate matchday of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar™ Group A at King Fahd International Stadium on Thursday.
The Lions of Mesopotamia sit fifth in the group with five points, but a first win of the campaign will be enough to keep their hopes alive until the last game, bringing them to within a point of their Thursday visitors, but the Iraqis will be aware of the need to improve on their abysmal attacking record of four goals scored in eight games.
Saida: A game that may not carry much weight for already-eliminated Syria, is a do-or-die encounter for hosts Lebanon as the two neighbours face-off on Matchday Nine of the AFC Asian Qualifiers - Road to Qatar™ Group A on Thursday.
In their best FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign to date, Lebanon sit in fourth place in Group A with six points in the bag, trailing the United Arab Emirates by three points in the race for the playoff qualifying spot.