AFC Champions League play-offs
Al-Hilal v Lekhwiya 7pm
HAVING led Al Hilal to their best performance in the AFC Champions League three years ago, Eric Gerets will be looking to get the better of his former club when he takes charge of Qatari side Lekhwiya for their round of 16 clash with the Saudi giants.
During his time with the Riyadh club from 2009 to 2010, the Belgian won the Saudi League and Crown Prince Cup and led them to the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League in the 2010 season before he left to take charge of the Morocco national team.
The first leg of the last 16 clash at the Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium on Wednesday will be his first match back at his old club since his departure after their 2-0 aggregate loss to Iranian side Zobahan in the 2010 semi-finals.
Gerets will welcome back defenders Abdulrahman Bakhit and Madjid Bougherra who missed Lekhwiya’s previous AFC Champions League match against Ettifaq through suspension.
Al Hilal will also have midfielder Salem Al Dawsari back from suspension while veteran striker Yasser Al Qahtani should return after recovering from a recent injury.
Like Al Gharafa, Al Hilal also saw their quest to win a domestic cup cut short when they drew 1-1 with Al Ittihad last Thursday to lose 4-3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals of the King's Cup.
Lekhwiya win @ 15/4
Over 2.5 goals @ 4/5