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Al-Nassr Riyadh v Al Hilal Riyadh: Prediction, Tips and Odds

These are comfortably the best two teams in the Saudi Pro League and Al Hilal will be hoping they can show why they were crowned champions in convincing fashion by beating closest pursuers Al-Nassr.

Al Hilal have taken 89 points from their 31 games, which is 12 more than second-placed Al-Nassr and that is an unassailable lead given there are only three outings to go.

The visitors have yet to taste a league defeat this season, having won 29 of those matches, and they also won the Super Cup, overcoming Al-Nassr in the semi-final before a 4-1 win over Al-Ittihad in the final.

Al-Nassr, whose forward line is bolstered by Cristiano Ronaldo and Sadio Mane, have won 25 of their 31 matches but they were soundly beaten 3-0 in the reverse fixture and will be targeting revenge.

The hosts are 12/5 to get some compensation, while the draw is 29/10, and the undefeated Al Hilal are 17/20.

Al-Nassr Riyadh v Al Hilal Riyadh betting tips and predictions

Al Hilal to win & both teams to score - 2/1

This is a big deal in the Saudi Pro League as these are the best two teams in the country and there is so much talent on show.

Al-Nassr have the leading scorer in the division in Ronaldo, who has 33 goals in 28 appearances, while they also have former Liverpool forward Mane as well as ex-Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte and Croatian international Marcelo Brozovic.

Champions Al Hilal, meanwhile, have former Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic as their star striker, with the Serbian international netting 26 goals in 25 appearances.

They also have ex-Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, Senegalese star Kalidou Koulibaly and Mitrovic's Serbian teammate Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, as well as tricky Brazilian Malcolm.

That highlights how far the Saudi Pro League has come in a short period of time, and this should be a free-scoring encounter in which Al Hilal can maintain their superiority.

Al Hilal have won the last two competitive meetings between the pair, winning 3-0 at home in the league and following up with a 2-1 victory at the same venue in the semi-final of the Super Cup last month.

That means they have won 20 of their last 21 games in all competitions, although they have conceded in eight of their last nine victories.

With Al-Nassr having obvious scoring threats in the shape of Ronaldo, Mane and Brazilian playmaker Talisca, the visitors may struggle to keep a clean sheet. 

In Mitrovic, Malcolm and Savic, who have 51 goals between them, Al Hilal have enough to preserve their unbeaten run and secure another thrilling away victory.

With nothing but pride at stake for both teams, the shackles should be off and attacks look set to dominate.

Aleksandar Mitrovic to score at any time - 5/6

Al-Nassr's Ronaldo is the leading scorer in the Saudi Pro League but Al Hilal's Mitrovic is not far behind and he can bolster his tally of 26 goals in 25 games.

The Serbian has always carried the reputation of being a prolific goalscorer and he has failed to score in only two of his last 18 league appearances.

Mitrovic has scored six goals in his last four league outings and when Al Hilal defeated Al-Nassr 3-0 at home in December he bagged a brace.

Goals look certain in this fixture - over 2.5 is 2/5 while over 3.5 is 10/11 - and Mitrovic looks to represent value at 5/6 to grab at least one of those. Those wanting to get on the Serbian to score first can side with him to do so at 10/3.

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Al-Nassr Riyadh v Al Hilal Riyadh odds

Al-Nassr Riyadh - 12/5
Draw -
29/20
Al Hilal Riyadh - 
17/20

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