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Preview: Zamalek in easy test against winless El-Shorta in Egyptian league

Zamalek eye Egyptian Premier League lead when they face Ittihad El-Shorta on Saturday at 18:00 Cairo local time (GMT+2)

Mahmoud Elassal , Friday 15 Jan 2016
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Zamalek will be looking to take the lead in the Egyptian Premier League table when they face Ittihad El-Shorta at Cairo's Petrosport Stadium on Saturday.

Titleholders Zamalek are expected to continue having the upper hand over Ittihad El-Shorta when the two sides play on Saturday as the latter have failed to beat the Whites since their first appearance in the Egyptian Premier League in 2008.

"I am happy for what you achieved during the past games," coach Mido told players ahead of Friday's training session.

"All the players will take their playing chances if they meet technical staff instructions," he added.

Despite Ittihad El-Shorta's 7-3 loss to Ahly last week, Mido warned Zamalek players to concentrate on the coming game only.

"Ittihad El-Shorta is a strong team and it's not easy to beat them," the Zamalek tactician said.

"El-Shorta have talented players, moreover they are coached by an experienced man, Fathi Mabrouk,"

Under the helm of Mido Zamalek won their last two games: 2-0 over Dakhleya and 1-0 over ENPPI.

The Whites will continue doing without injured winger Hazem Emam. They will also miss Burkinabe defender Mohamed Koffi, versatile midfielder Ahmed Tawfik, Nigerian midfielder Maarouf Yussuf and forward Mohamed Salem, who were all left out for "technical reasons". 

Zamalek, who won the Egyptian Premier League title for the first time since 2004 last season, are fifth in the table with 24 points, three points behind leaders Maqassa with two games in hand.

Ittihad El-Shorta failed to win a game in the Egyptian Premier League so far this season after 12 games as they drew in 8 and lost 4.

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