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Football Bet of the Day: Ronaldo and co to come up short

Al Nassr striker Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo might not enjoy any fireworks tonight in Saudi Arabia

There's a clash of star-studded Saudi teams tonight, and Kevin Hatchard's backing league champions Al Hilal to shine again.


Al Hilal v Al Nassr
Friday 31 May, 19:00

We were flying in Finland yesterday, as KuPS Akatemia's 5-1 win over FCV landed our Over 3.0 Goals bet with room to spare. It's two winners and two losers so far this week, so now we push on to Saudi Arabia. It's the King's Cup final, and Cristiano Ronaldo's Al Nassr are looking to deny league winners Al Hilal another trophy.

It's been a glittering season for Al Hilal. They won the league by 14 points, scoring 101 goals and conceding just 23. Star striker Aleksandar Mitrovic scored 28 goals in the top flight, a total only eclipsed by Al Nassr's Ronaldo, who banged in 35. Brazilian winger Malcom has rattled in 15 goals, and former Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was also in double figures.

Al Hilal reached the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League, won the Super Cup, and it's fair to say that coach Jorge Jesus has done an excellent job. In their league match-ups with Al Nassr this season, Al Hilal have won 3-0 and drawn 1-1, a game that saw Ronaldo sent off late on. Al Hilal also won their Super Cup semi-final against Al Nassr last month

Al Nassr were comfortably the best of the rest in Saudi Arabia this season, and players like Anderson Talisca and Sadio Mane have backed up Ronaldo well. However, they do seem to really struggle in the big games against Al Hilal, so I'll back Jesus' side to win this final inside 90 minutes at 2.021/1.

Now read Kev's Champions League final preview here!

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