Baniyas come up against visitors Ittihad Kalba at Baniyas Stadium in this Arabian Gulf League meeting on Friday.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Baniyas v Ittihad Kalba can be found here – plus the latest match odds.
Baniyas prepare for this fixture following on from a 0-0 Arabian Gulf League draw vs Ajman.
Three or more goals per match were recorded in 5 of the past 6 meetings where Baniyas have been involved. Opposition teams scored 6 times in this period whereas The Sky Blues managed a tally of 15. Such a trend won’t necessarily be continued here, of course.
Ittihad Kalba come into this meeting after a 1-0 Arabian Gulf League win over Al-Fujairah in their previous game.
It has become apparent that Ittihad Kalba have struggled for goals over their previous 6 clashes, contributing the unsatisfactory return of only 3. In those fixtures, The Tigers have also seen the collective goal tally of their opponents equal 10.
Head to head
Checking on their most recent head to head meetings stretching back to 04/12/2016 shows that Baniyas have won 3 of these games & Ittihad Kalba 1, with the tally of drawn games being 2.
A sum of 17 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 10 of them for The Sky Blues and 7 netted by The Tigers. The average goals per game has been 2.83.
Team News: Baniyas
Baniyas manager Winfried Schäfer will be happy not to have any fitness worries to speak of ahead of this match with a fully healthy squad available for selection.
Team News: Ittihad Kalba
Due to a completely injury-free squad to pick from, Ittihad Kalba boss Jorge da Silva has zero fitness concerns at all ahead of this match.
In this match, Ittihad Kalba have enough to score against this Baniyas lineup, but that probably won’t be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We reckon that it will be a narrow 2-1 win for Baniyas when the full-time whistle blows. Should be a good one.
What are the best odds for the game?
Looking at what the bookmakers’ view is of this game on the 90 minute result market, the win for Baniyas is available for 1.51, backing a drawn result is 4.44 & selecting a win for Ittihad Kalba can be had at 5.75. These are the best returns offered as of now.