Riyadh Derby: Man United Hero Backs Ronaldo’s Al Nassr To Beat Al Hilal in SPL Showdown

Riyadh Derby: Man United Hero Backs Ronaldo’s Al Nassr To Beat Al Hilal in SPL Showdown

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at December 1, 2023 at 11:59 AM
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  • Al-Nassr have been tipped to beat Al-Hilal in the first instalment of the Riyadh Derby
  • The top-of-the-table clash will be staged at Riyadh's King Fahd International Stadium
  • The last time these sides crossed paths, Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace for Al-Nassr

Manchester United legend, Dwight Yorke has thrown his weight behind Al-Nassr in anticipation of their pivotal showdown against city rivals, Al-Hilal on Friday, December 1.

The top-tier clash between Al-Hilal and the Knights of Najd carries immense significance, as both teams are separated by a mere four points at the summit of the Saudi Pro League.

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Ex-Man United striker, Dwight Yorke has backed Al-Nassr to secure victory against Al-Hilal in the Riyadh Derby. Photos by @AlNassrFC_EN/Twitter and Popperfoto/Getty Images.
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The outcome of this high-stakes encounter could sway the balance in determining the league champions.

Following Al-Nassr's setback with a 2-0 loss against Al Taawoun in August, they have embarked on a formidable 20-game unbeaten streak, triumphing in an impressive 18 matches and sharing points in two encounters across all competitions.

In contrast, their Riyadh counterparts, Al-Hilal maintain an unblemished record in the SPL, securing an impressive 12 victories and settling for two draws, per Sofascore.

In terms of offensive prowess, both Riyadh clubs stand as the most prolific sides in the league, with the blue faction amassing 43 goals and their yellow counterparts notching 39 goals in the same number of games played.

Despite Al-Hilal's favourable head-to-head record and their current league leadership, Dwight Yorke contends that Al-Nassr holds the edge against the 18-time Saudi champions in this crucial encounter.

"I expect Al-Nassr to win against Al-Hilal," the 52-year-old predicted, as cited by The Nassr Zone.

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Analysing Ronaldo's performance in derby clashes

Sports Brief also previously reported that Al-Nassr superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo will play his third Riyadh Derby on December 1.

The veteran forward has played in many derby clashes over the years and produced numerous magical moments in many of them.

Ronaldo has 15 goals in 13 games, four more than Al-Hilal's Aleksandar Mitrovic, and will be looking forward to adding more to his tally.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.