Qatar Stars League: Al Rayyan vs Al Kharitiyath, home win @ 1.30
Home vs Away (last season)
Al Rayyan home: W6-D2-L3 28/20
Kharitiyath away: W0-D1-L10 12/38
Overall record: P22-W18-D3-L1 63/23
Al Rayyan home: P12-W9-D2-L1 35/14
This is a clash between a side which finished 3rd last season, and a team which finished second bottom after conceding away goals at a rate of nearly 7 per 2 games.
Al Kharitiyath are a lower half of the table side who frequently struggle and tend not to take points away at the top sides. They are both goalless and pointless so far this season, and have lost their last nine league away games.
Al Rayyan won the league in 2016, and bar relegation in 2014, regularly finish in the top three. They have a manager with a very good record who recently had a very successful spell in charge at Boca Juniors.
Early encouraging signs this season include Al Kharitiyath being thrashed 6-0 at home in their opening game by last season's runners up Al Sadd, and Al Rayyan holding last season's champions and top scorers Al Duhail to a 0-0 draw away from home in their last match.
We're currently on 10 away league games without a win. This is near to a twenty year record of 11 which was set back in the days when Mike Walker had to field half the youth team and send Daryl Sutch with a jerry can to Thickthorn Services to buy diesel for the generator at Colney. I don't think we're quite in those sorts of dire straits, even when considering the catastrophe left behind by McNally.
The word on the street seems to be that we'll be facing aerial bombardment, and I would guess that Farke has a plan to stifle this and perhaps hit Ipswich with quick breaks. I would therefore think that sticking the bulk of the £10 on narrow winning scores would be the best strategy.
Good luck Jellytot and KiwiScott.