Cristiano Ronaldo and Al Nassr hope to make up ground in the Saudi Pro League title race as they meet mid-table side Damac at home on Saturday.
The Portuguese superstar misfired on multiple occasions as his side coughed up a 2-0 lead to draw with Abha last time out. Yet Ronaldo recaptured his form during the international break, scoring four goals between two Euro qualifying matches against Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Al Nassr sit four points back of the leaders Al Hilal, but with the latter reeling from news of a long-term injury to Neymar, this could be a chance to close the gap.
Damac sit 10th in the standings, having collected 10 points through the first nine matches and are on a four-match unbeaten run across all competitions, which started with an impressive 1-1 draw against Al Hilal back in late September.
Al Nassr vs Damac live stream, TV channel
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What time does Al Nassr vs Damac kick off?
This Saudi Pro League match at King Saud University Stadium kicks off on Saturday, October 21 at 6 p.m. local time in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Here’s how that time translates across some of the major territories around the globe:
|USA/Canada||Sat, Oct. 21||11 a.m. ET|
|USA/Canada||Sat, Oct. 21||8 a.m. PT|
|UK||Sat, Oct. 21||4 p.m. BST|
|Australia||Sun, Oct. 22||2 a.m. AEDT|
|India||Sat, Oct. 21||8:30 p.m. IST|
|Hong Kong||Sat, Oct. 21||11 p.m. HKT|
|Malaysia||Sat, Oct. 21||11 p.m. MYT|
|Singapore||Sat, Oct. 21||11 p.m. SGT|
|New Zealand||Sun, Oct. 22||4 a.m. NZDT|
Al Nassr vs Damac projected lineups & team news
Regular right-back Sultan Al Ghanam is suspended for this match after his late dismissal last time out in the draw with Abha. Nawaf Al-Boushal could be the man to step in to fill the void.
Marcelo Brozovic returned from the international break with a knock and will miss the game, which should give Seko Fofana a chance to snatch back his place in midfield. Fofana has seen decreased minutes due to a poor start to his time at Al Nassr, losing his midfield spot to Abdullah Alkhaibari.
Al Nassr projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Alaqidi (GK) — Al-Boushal, Lajami, Laporte, Telles — Fofana, Alkhaibari — Talisca, Otavio, Mane — Ronaldo.
Damac did not reap the benefits of the spending spree across the Saudi Pro League this past summer and have had to piece together a patchwork roster. Leading the line is Assan Ceesay who arrived from Italian club Lecce this summer for just €2.8 million, alongside the team’s No. 10 Nicolae Stanciu, a 30-year-old Romania international who joined from Chinese club Wuhan Three Towns.
They are missing regular right-back Abdullah Al-Hawsawi to a long-term shoulder injury, forcing Sanousi Al-Hawsawi into action on his off side.
Damac projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Zeghba (GK) — S. Al-Hawsawi, Chafai, Bedrane, Al-Anazi — Hamed, Antolic — Zain, Stanciu, N’Koudou — Ceesay.
Al Nassr vs Damac betting odds & lines
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|-750||+850||+1500||+105 / -145||-130 / -110||-110||-130|