Without inspirational forward Mahmoud Abdel-Razek ‘Shikabala’, Zamalek will take on El-Entag El-Harby on Friday in Cairo Stadium, hoping to extend their five-point lead at the top.
The flamboyant international winger is serving a one-match ban for misconduct during the Cairo Derby three weeks ago.
However, coach Hossam Hassan will welcome new signings, right-back Ahmed Samir, Algerian striker Mohamed Amin Aoudia additional to Qatar winger Hussein Yasser Elmohammadi.
The visitors have proven hard to beat this season under the helm of new coach Ossama Orabi. He aims for victory, seeing that he has a athletic and energetic front line with the likes Mohamed Felix and Ghanaian striker Kwabena Yaro who has scored six goals in this season so far.
In-form Ismaily are eager to close the gap with league leaders Zamalek when they host Haras El-Hodoud earlier in the day.
The Dervishes are at their peak with Ahmed Samir Farag, best player in the Nile Basin tournament, Abdallah Al-Said, and Abdallah Al-Shahat hitting stardom. Additionally to international midfielder Hosni Abderabou who is back after a six-month lay-off to boost his team’s campaign.
Cup winners Haras El-Hodoud are still battling to find their form after releasing some of their best players since the beginning of the season.
Friday’s League games (Cairo local time):
16:45 Ismaily vs. Haras El-Hodoud
19:00 Zamalek vs. El-Entag El-Harby