Preview: Zamalek hope to continue winning streak in Egyptian league by beating El-Entag El-Harby

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Friday 9 Nov 2018

File photo of an Egyptian Premier League game featuring Zamalek (Ahram)

Leaders Zamalek will be hoping to continue their strong showing in the Egyptian Premier League when they face El-Entag El-Harby on Saturday.

Securing a fourth successive league victory against  El-Entag would help the Whites tighten their hold onto the top of the domestic competition.

Zamalek currently lead the table with 23 points from 10 matches, three  ahead of second placed Maqassa who have played two matches more.

El-Entag El-Harby, who are fifth with 19 points from 13 matches, will be targeting their first league win in the last five matches, after three draws followed by a loss to Arab Contractors.

On Saturday, Zamalek will be missing a key duo: Tunisian right-back Hamdi Nagguez and defensive midfielder Ferjani Sassi.

"The suspension of Nagguez and Sassi is influential but we have other alternatives who can cover their absences," Zamalek coach Christian Gross told the club's official site.

Winger Mostafa Fathi could boost Zamalek's attack against El-Entag El-Harby, having rejoining the squad for the first time since September.

On the other side, El-Entag coach Mokhtar Mokhtar believes that scoring early would be a key factor to securing a positive result against Zamalek.

"We will try to make up for our last loss to Arab Contractors when we face Zamalek," Mokhtar told Reuters.

"Zamalek will be fighting to remain on top, but I asked my players to avoid our mistakes against Contractors and get the best use of the chances to score early," he concluded.

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