Preview: El-Entag El-Harbi bid to swap places with struggling Zamalek

Mahmoud Elassal , Monday 23 Dec 2019


Egyptian Premier League outfit El-Entag El-Harbi are bidding to snatch a place in the Egyptian Premier League's top four when they host depleted Zamalek in the 10th matchday on Tuesday.

El-Entag El-Harbi are in the sixth place with 14 points, sharing the same points with struggling Zamalek, in fourth position.

The military side will fight to exchange places with Zamalek in the table's ranking.

Zamalek has suffered a series of defeats this season as they played eight games, winning four, drawing in two and losing in two.

The Cairo giants' management appointed French coach Patrice Carteron to replace Serbian manager Milutin Sredojevic "Micho", who was shown the door due to the team's poor performance.

Under the helm of Carteron, Zamalek are hoping to bring to a halt a poor showing this season as the team held to a goalless draw with Smouha last week, four days after losing 3-2 to Talae El-Gaish.

Ahead of Sunday's training session, Carteron asked the players to concentrate on the game and follow the tactician's instructions to win the game points.

"You have to do your best during the game against El-Entag El-Harbi. We should win the game to be on the winning side," Carteron told Zamalek players before Sunday's training session as part of preparations for the league game.

Zamalek will continue to lose the services of the team's winger Mahmoud Abdel-Razek, better known as Shikabala, and left back Abdallah Gomaa due to injuries, but they welcome back defender Mahmoud Hamdi after recovering from an injury that sidelined him from the previous games.

Meanwhile, El-Entag El-Harbi will do without Tunisian midfielder Ayman Al-Tarabelsi after he had sustained a muscle injury.

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