Eye on the Opponent: Al Nasr

Abu Dhabi: Oct. 15, 2020
Al Jazira travel to Dubai to face Al Nasr on Saturday for the opening round of the Arabian Gulf League 2020 / 2021. 
After we lost to Ittihad Kalba 1:2 in matchweek of the Arabian Gulf Cup, Marcel Keizer will be hoping for a strong reaction from his players, and for a an away victory that will help the team to prepare with better mental status for the upcoming tough challenges.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the match against Al Nasr, which kicks off at 21:00 UAE Time.
Preparations and Friendlies
While they were preparing for this season, Al Nasr played eight friendly matches; they came out victorious in 8 of them, including their 2:0 against UAE National Team. They drew in one match against Al Hamriya from the first division, and they managed to score in these friendlies 26 goals and conceded 11. They did not feature in the first round of the Arabian Gulf Cup because they qualified directly for the next round for being the titleholders of this competition.
Activity in the Summer Transfer Window
As part of their serious ambitions to compete for the league title this season, Al Nasr signed Sebastien Tagliabue from Al Wahda, Ryan Mendez from Sharjah, Abdulrahman Yousef from Al Dhafra, the Israeli playmaker Diaa Sabi’A, and the resident Brazilian Caique Jesus. On the other side, they let go of Alvaro Negredo, Esteban Pavez, Samuel Rosa, Salem Saleh, Khalid Jalal, Mubarak Saeed, Hazzaa Salem, and Al Hassan Saleh.
Ones to Watch
Sebastien Tagliabue is the stand-out name in the Norwich line-up. The second historical top scorer of the UAE League marked his first appearance with the UAE National Team, scoring their only goal in their latest friendly match against Uzbekistan. His arrival from Al Wahda earlier this summer was one of the biggest events during the recently closed transfer window, and the hopes around to lead Al Nasr to titles are very big. He will be supported by the new attacking additions, Ryan Mendes and Diaa Sabi’A, the veteran Tareq Ahmed will take care of the defensive duties in midfield. We will meet familiar faces on Saturday as our ex-players Mohamed Fawzi and Mohamed Ayed are expected to start for Krunoslav Jur?i? side against us.