Friday, November 27, 2015


Al Salmyia Face Second Away Day Test

Al Salmyia lost their 100% record when they fell 2-0 to Qadsia mid week, a result that saw the Hawally based side move from 3rd to top spot in the Kuwait Premier League. The crowd certainly wasn't one befitting a top of the table clash but you could forgive a certain amount of apprehension among the home support going into the game.

They had only recently replaced their coach, striker Doris Fuakumputu was a noticeable absent as the iconic Bader Al Mutawa. Still, they got the three points and can look forward to a perhaps more comfortable day out on Saturday when they take on Al Sulaibhikat, their fourth straight home game.

Al Salmiya's good start to the season when they began with five consecutive victories could seem like a distant memory by this evening as they face a second tough away game in the space of four days. They must play reigning champions Kuwait SC on their patch and as can be seen from the nascent league standings Kuwait SC are steamrolling opposition so far. winning their last two away games by 3-0.

The champions seem unstoppable at the moment and Al Salmyia will need to focus more on the pressing that was so effective first half on Tuesdy and less on the desire to go to ground that succeeded only in breaking the game up and pissing off the fans and opposing players; a worthwhile tactic when it works but once they fell behind there seemed to be no plan B.

Another interesting match up tonight sees Kazma host Al Arabi. Kazma started the season baldy though perhaps not surprisingly given their first two opponents were Kuwait SC and Al Salmyia. Both hit Kazma for four without reply but the side led by Timor Lester striker Patrick Fabiano have slowly clawed their way back up the table, defeating Al Sulaibhikat 5-0 last weekend and holding Al Jahra 2-2 midweek.

Al Arabi may be someway off the pace at the moment but they showed their true worth away to Qadsia when they took the lead twice against their rivals and generally asked a few questions of the title pretenders in a hostile atmosphere. Kazma sit three points behind the side from Al Arabi and this game offers them the perfect opportunity to show they have in their wardrobe the arsenal to upset the big clubs and perhaps get their season back on track.

Tonight's other games sees Al Fahaheel take on Al Nasr at Al Sahel's ground while tomorrow Al Sahel host Al Yarmouk and Al Jahra host Al Shabab

1 - Qadsia 6 5 1 0 17-4 16
2 - Kuwait SC 5 5 0 0 18-2 15
3 - Al Salmyia 6 5 0 1 14-5
4 - Al Arabi 5 3 1 1 15-3 10

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