Preview: Ahly aim to increase gap to edge closer to Egyptian league title

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 7 May 2017

Ahly defeated Talae El-Geish 2-1 in the Egyptian league on Thursday (Photo: Ahram)

Many believe it's only a matter of time before Ahly win their 39th Egyptian Premier League title and the Cairo giants will take a huge stride towards a customary triumph if they overcome lowly Nasr lel Taadeen on Monday.

 A win for Ahly will take them a massive 11 points of nearest challengers and second-placed Maqassa, who lost 1-0 to Petrojet on Saturday, with six matches remaining and will put them on the brink of a ninth title in 10 seasons.

Taadeen will also be desperate to avoid a defeat in their bid to escape relegation. They lie third from bottom on 22 points, three adrift of the safety zone.

"We will do our best to win against because we are facing a difficult mission to remain in the first division," said Taadeen's coach Ahmed Koshary.

Ahly will focus on securing a comfortable victory to eschew the jitters of their previous match when they looked as though they would draw 1-1 with Talae El-Geish before winger Mido Gaber scored a stoppage-time winner with a deflected shot.

The Red Devils' manager Hossam El-Badry will be watching his team from the stands again as he serves the second of a two-game suspension.

Holding midfielder Hossam Ashour won't be available for Ahly due to suspension, but veteran right-back Ahmed Fathi has recovered from muscular concerns to add more strength defence.

"This match is crucial. Beating Taadeen will put more pressure on Maqassa and will also give us a morale boost ahead of our coming match in the African Champions league," said Ahly's assistant coach Sayed Moawad.

Ahly open their group stage campaign of the Champions League at home to Zambia's Zanaco on Saturday.

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