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Jazira still in lead as closest rivals 6 points behind

By Aline Bannayan - Dec 22,2016 - Last updated at Dec 22,2016

AMMAN — Jazira are still in the lead trailed by all-time rivals Wihdat and Faisali as Week 8 of the Jordan Professional Football League is scheduled to kick off Friday.

Jazira beat Sahab 1-0 to keep their lead and next have a relatively easy match with That Ras who are 11th after no wins and holding Shabab Urdun 0-0 in the past week.

Faisali also held Wihdat 0-0 in their 79th encounter as the match record between the two veterans is still in Wihdat’s favour having won 28 times, 27 for Faisali and 24 draws since 1976.

Wihdat next play Shabab Urdun, who dropped to fifth, while Faisali play Sarih, who are eighth.

Hussein scored an important win over Manshieh 2-1 to go up to fourth and next play Ahli, who dropped to 7th, after they were held 0-0 by Sarih.

Ramtha held Baqa’a 0-0 and disappointed fans trailing at 10th in the standings before facing Sahab, while Baqa’a, who have let down fans, are bottom of the table and next play Manshieh.

Jazira have so far scored three convincing wins over former champions Faisali, Wihdat and Shabab Urdun. Hussein’s Syrian striker Mohammad Zeino took over the top scorer’s list with five goals followed by compatriot Jazira’s Mardig Mardigian with four goals.

Ahli won the first major competition on the 2016/17 football calendar, making history when they beat reigning league champs Wihdat 2-1 to win the 34th Super Cup. In the Jordan Football Association Shield — back on the calendar after four years — Shabab Urdun scored a major 5-1 win over Faisali. It was Shabab Urdun’s second Shield title after they first won in 2007.

Last season, Wihdat retained the title with Faisali, Ahli, Jazira and Shabab Urdun in top five spots. It was Wihdat’s third consecutive and 15th league title since they moved up to the Jordan Professional League in 1975. Faisali beat Wihdat to clinch the Super Cup while it was Ahli, who after years in the backstage, beat Shabab Urdun to win their first Jordan Cup final.

Standings

(Last week’s rankings in parenthesis) 

Team

P

W

D

L

GF

GA

PTS

Jazira (1)

7

6

0

1

15

5

18

Wihdat (2)

7

3

3

1

9

5

12

Faisali (3)

7

3

3

1

4

2

12

Hussein (7)

7

3

3

1

10

9

12

S. Urdun (5)

7

3

1

3

9

8

10

Manshieh (4)

7

3

1

3

8

7

10

Ahli (6)

7

3

1

3

8

8

10

Sarih (9)

7

2

2

3

7

10

8

Sahab (8)

7

1

4

2

7

8

7

Ramtha (10)

7

1

4

2

5

7

7

That Ras (11)

7

0

3

4

3

8

3

Baqa’a (12)

7

0

3

4

4

12

3

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