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The clock is ticking and the end of the season is near, so every match is decisive. Our Weekend Guide presents you to two teams who fight relegation in Qatar, race for the title in Armenia and Baba's favorites from Brazil will play their match of the season.
(All the hours are in CET local time)
Amateur (Like this fight)
What? Al-Wakra – Qatar SC (Qatar Stars League)
When? Friday, 1715
Where? Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Stadium, Al-Wakra
Why? Last game in the Qatari league and everyone is escaping the relegation spot. A draw will be enough for Al-Wakra, which is ranked in the 11th place, 3 points above Qatar SC. Qatar SC are one step from a first ever relegation.
Key Players: Al-Wakra main player will be Sebastián Sáez, the Argentine striker who scored 16 goals this season. The experienced Algerian Rafik Halliche will try to help Qatar SC to avoid the relegation.
Score More: Another great race will be for the season top scorer as Rodrigo Tabata of Al-Rayyan and Abderrazeak Hamdallah of Al-Jaish tied with 20 goals each. Top notch.
Professional (like this goal)
What? Alashkert – Pyunik (Armenian Premier League)
When? Saturday, 1400
Where? Alashkert Stadium, Yerevan
Why? After winning 12 of the last 15 Armenian titles, Pyunik are close to lose their title. In Saturday, they travel to Alashkert, the aspiring league leaders who dream about a historic title.
Key Players: Mihran Manasyan was the league’s top scorer two years ago, and while taking Alashkert for glory, as he leads the scorers’ table once again, with 14 goals. Homegrown player, 23-years-old Taron Voskanyan, will lead Pyunik as he plays for the senior team since 2010.
Non-League Football: Alashkert story is sick. The club was dissolved in 1999, played in regional tournament few years ago and registered again to the league only in 2012.
World Class (like that goalkeeper)
What? Bangú – Flamengo (Campeonato Carioca)
When? Sunday, 2100
Where? Estádio de Moça Bonita, Rio de Janeiro
Why? Bangú, BabaGol's favorite in Brazil, will try to clinch a spot in the Brazilian national Serie D. In order to do that, they need to beat Flamengo, one of the top clubs in Brazil, that wants to qualify to the Carioca semifinals.
Key Players: Bangú have the top scorer of the Carioca, Almir, who previously played in Botafogo and Atletico Mineiro and even spent few years in Korea and Kuwait. Among the veteran players of Flamengo it's nice big name like Juan, the former Brazil international player with 82 caps that played in Bayer Leverkusen and AS Roma.
Our Team: Why Bangu are Baba favorites? That's easy, just read it.