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  • May 15, 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Maktoum Bin Rashid al Maktoum Stadium (Al-Shabab Stadium), Dubayy (Dubai)
  • Referee: Hai Tan
  • • Attendance: 5822
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Al Shabab - Persepolis ACL Preview: Reds gunning for progress in Dubai

Al Shabab - Persepolis ACL Preview: Reds gunning for progress in Dubai

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The Tehran giants are hoping to improve on their poor recent run in Asian competition, with any result in Dubai good enough to see them reach the knockout stage

  PROBABLE LINE-UPS

AL SHABAB

Salem Abdullah
Issa, Abdullah, Abbas, Ibrahim
Daud Ali, Ahmed, Almeida, Abdullah
Obaid, Anbr

PERSEPOLIS

Avdokic
Pooladi, Rezaei, Nosrati, Aliasgar
Zare, Karimi, Noori, Rezaei
Kazemian, Zayed

Paulo Bonamigo's side are without a host of key players due to suspension including goalkeeper Ismail Rabee, Chilean attacker Carlos Villanueva, Brazilians Ciel and Kieza and Esam Dhahi while Uzbekistan international Azizbek Haydarov will be rested.

The Brazilian boss knows there's little to gain from this game for his side and with a cup final against Al Ahli around the corner, several stars have been left out after an exhausting Pro-League campaign.

Persepolis will be without the suspended Amir Feshangchi as well as Burkina Faso defender Mamadou Tal and forward Mehrdad Oladi due to injury. Libya international Eamon Zayed netted a hat-trick in these two sides' previous meeting, a 6-1 win for Persepolis, and will lead the line again.

Reds boss Mustafa Denizli saw his side finished the domestic season with a morale-boosting 2-1 win at Foolad which helped the club move up to 12th on the final table. They had been one spot above the drop zone heading into the final day.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Al Shabab are making just their second appearance in continental competition, having bowed out at the group stage three years ago.
  • The Dubai-based outfit reached the final of the Asian Cup Winners Cup in 1995.

  • Al Shabab are six-time UAE runners-up and have been domestic champions on only three occasions.
  • Persepolis may be nine-time Iranian champions but they've never been continental champions, although they did win the 1991 Asian Cup Winners Cup.
  • The Reds endured a dismal 2011-12 Iranian Pro League campaign finishing way down in 12th.
  • Last year Persepolis crashed out of the ACL at the group stage, while in 2009 they bowed out at the Round of 16.

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Available Squads
1Ismail Rabee JumaGoalkeeper
-Essa MohammedDefender
-Hamdan QassimDefender
-Hassan IbrahimMidfielder
-Azizbek HaydarovMidfielder
-Fahad HassanMidfielder
-Ibrahim AbdullahMidfielder
-Sami AnbarDefender
-Naser MasoodMidfielder
-Adel Abdullah AbbasMidfielder
-Sanad AliStriker
-Hassan HamzaGoalkeeper
-Abdullah DarwishDefender
-Ramadan Al MaasDefender
-Dawood Ali JasemMidfielder
-Mohamed OthmanMidfielder
-Rashid HassanStriker
-Abdulla HassanStriker
-Asmir AvdukićGoalkeeper
-Sheys RezaeiDefender
20Alireza NoormohammadiDefender
7Hamidreza Ali AsgariDefender
3Mehrdad PooladiMidfielder
8Ali KharmiMidfielder
-Mohammad NooriMidfielder
-Saman AghazamaniMidfielder
11Gholam-Reza RezaeiStriker
-Éamon ZayedStriker
-Javad KazemianStriker
-Misagh MemarzadehGoalkeeper
-Mohammad NosratiDefender
-H. BadamakiMidfielder
-Ebrahim ShakouriMidfielder
-Mehdi MahdavikiaMidfielder
16Vahid HashemianStriker
24Hadi NorooziStriker
Players to Watch
Sami Anbar
Sami Anbar
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Al Shabab's main man in front of goal needs to fire if they are to finish with a win.
Ali Kharmi
Ali Kharmi
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Persepolis' big name attacking midfielder has been in the news lately with talk he's leaving the club and will hope for a good performance to quell the speculation. Remains one of his side's best players despite their poor domestic season.
Prediction
A draw is likely to be enough for Persepolis to go through and even though they smashed the Dubai side 6-1 earlier in the competition, they will find Al Shabab tricky considering their style of play.
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