After suffering their first defeat in Group C of the AFC Champions League to Nasaf last week, Al Sadd will be looking for revenge against the Uzbek side at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium today.
Azizjon Ganiev’s penalty just after the hour secured a 1-0 victory for Nasaf in Qarshi on Matchday Three as they recorded back-to-back home wins to move level on points with the Qatari team and Persepolis.
The 2011 AFC Champions League winners had won their opening two games in the competition but missed the opportunity to go six points clear of Nasaf and now look like being in a three-way battle for the two last 16 qualification spots.
Al Sadd also suffered a 2-1 defeat to Umm Salal in the Qatar Stars League at the weekend and have now lost three consecutive matches in all competitions, while Nasaf’s good form continued with a 3-1 victory over FC Bukhara.
Saydullo Rakhmatov is suspended for the visitors, who are looking for only their second win away from home in the competition, after he picked up a second booking of the group stage last week.