Cristiano Ronaldo plays in one of his biggest games with Al Nassr to date as his side, sitting top of the Saudi Pro League table, travels to second-placed Al Ittihad.
The two sides are separated by just two points atop the standings, meaning a home win would see a new leader take over at the summit.
Al Ittihad are a formidable opponent, having conceded just six goals in 19 league matches this season, meaning Ronaldo will have his work cut out for him to add to his eight-goal tally through the first six Saudi Pro League matches of his career.
No. 1 vs. No. 2 is exciting in any league, and with Cristiano Ronaldo involved, the world will be watching.
LIVE: Follow Al Ittihad vs Al Nassr in Saudi Pro League action
Al Ittihad vs Al Nassr match facts
- Date: Thursday, March 9
- Kickoff Time: 12:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm GMT / 4:30 am AEDT (Fri, Mar. 10)
- Location: King Abdullah Sports City (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
- Last meeting: Al Ittihad 3-1 Al Nassr (Jan. 26, 2023 | Saudi Super Cup)
Al Ittihad vs Al Nassr prediction, odds
- Moneyline lean: Al Ittihad (+185)
- Against the spread lean: Al Ittihad +0.5 (-156)
- Score prediction: Al Ittihad 2-1 Al Nassr
The hosts are just too good defensively for Al Nassr, and while Cristiano Ronaldo may help his team to find the back of the net, it won’t be enough for a side that’s just in too good of form to be stopped at the moment.
|Al Ittihad win||+185||7/4|
|Al Nassr win||+114||13/10|
to score Y / N
|Over / Under
|-101 / -137||10/11, 4/5|
|Al Nassr -0.5||+118||—|
|Al Ittihad +0.5||-156||—|
Al Ittihad vs Al Nassr: Best bet
Al Ittihad’s defensive record is stellar, without a single goal conceded in their six matches since the 3-1 Super Cup win over this very opponent, and conceding only six goals all season. Yet that will be put to the test against the league’s top-scoring side. There are goals in this game, as there were last time these teams met.
Al Ittihad vs Al Nassr: Prop bet
- Pick: Cristiano Ronaldo anytime goalscorer
- Odds: 5/6 (SkyBet)
Understanding that we are looking at a very small sample size, Cristiano Ronaldo’s early splits in the Saudi league are…kind of insane. In three home league matches, Ronaldo hasn’t scored once, but in three road matches he has bagged eight goals, including a four-goal outburst against Al-Wehda and a hat-trick at Damac.
He was blanked last time out in the 3-1 home win over Al Batin, but with Ronaldo back out on the road, it’s time for him to again find the back of the net, and at 5/6 odds, there’s still decent value on the Al Nassr star to score.
Al Ittihad vs Al Nassr live stream, TV channel
SSC (Saudi Sports Company) has been live streaming Al Nassr matches in English via its Twitter channel.
Local broadcasters in selected countries also have the rights to televise or stream the Saudi Pro League, and fans in other countries can subscribe to streaming platform Shahid for complete coverage of the Roshn Saudi Pro League.
According to LiveSoccerTV, selected European countries will have local broadcasters (including DAZN) carrying the match, while DirecTV Sports will bring it to Spanish-speaking South American countries.
MORE: Cristiano Ronaldo’s salary in Saudi Arabia
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