Preview: Zamalek out to extend lead at the top against Enppi Zamalek will be looking to complete the double against Enppi following their away 2-1 win in January
Zamalek midfielder Ferjani Sassi in action during the match between Zamalek and Al-Ahly on May 10, 2021. Photo Courtesy of Zamalek Facebook page
Egyptian Premier League leaders Zamalek are looking to extend their lead at the top of the table when they take on Enppi on Friday, as their arch-rivals Ahly will be away on African duty.
The Whites have collected 45 points after playing 21 matches, meanwhile Ahly are second with 41 points after 19 matches. No one could prevail in the 1-1 Cairo derby held last Monday, and now they will have to make each point count in this tight title race that is expected to last until the last round of the league.
Zamalek will be looking to complete the double against Enppi following their away 2-1 win in January.
Enppi — led by former Zamalek player and coach Helmi Toulan — have been struggling through this season, as they are ninth on the table with 28 points.
Zamalek coach Patrice Carteron will have to do without in-form winger and skipper Mahmoud ‘Shikabala’ Abdel-Razek, who was given a two match ban for his unsporting behaviour during the Ahly game.
Midfielder Emam Ashour is also still serving a 12-match ban, while left-back Abdallah Gomaa has not been declared fit for this game following a muscle strain sustained last week.
In contrast, keeper Mohamed Abu Gabal has recovered from his COVID-19 infection and is expected to be included in the squad.