Doha, 18 August 2020 - Curtains will be down on the 2019-20 season QNB Stars League this week. The final-round matches will be played on Thursday, 20th August, and Friday, 21st August, with three games on each day. The Al Janoub and Al Sadd Stadiums will continue to be the venues.
The Week 22 fixtures are Al Sadd vs Al Gharafa (16:00, Al Janoub Stadium), Al Khor vs Al Shahania (19:30, Al Janoub Stadium), Al Sailiya vs Umm Salal (19:30, Al Sadd Stadium) on Thursday, Al Arabi vs Qatar SC (16:00, Al Janoub Stadium), Al Duhail vs Al Ahli (19:30, Al Janoub Stadium) and Al Wakrah vs Al Rayyan (19:30, Al Sadd Stadium) on Friday.
The Qatar Stars League finalised the schedule for the final week based on the results of Week 21. There will be simultaneous kick-offs on both days.
The matches are sure to be electrifying as neither the champions nor the team that gets relegated and the side which goes into play-off are determined.
Only two positions have been confirmed in the standings, with reigning champions Al Sadd settling for the third spot with 44 points and Al Gharafa ensuring fourth place with 35 points.
Al Sadd and Al Gharafa will kick off the proceedings by facing each other.
The battle for the title is between leaders Al Duhail (49 points) and Al Rayyan (48).
Most focus will be on Al Duhail vs Al Ahli and Al Wakrah vs Al Rayyan encounters as the crowning of new champions will be held at either of these matches.
Al Ahli are placed eighth with 20 points and Al Wakrah sixth with 27 points.
The team that ends up at the bottom will directly get relegated, while the 11th-placed side go into play-off with Second Division runners-up for a berth in the top flight.
It may be noted that Al Kharaitiyat, who became the Second Division champions last week, have directly qualified for next season’s top flight.
Four teams - Qatar SC (ninth with 19 points), Umm Salal (17), Al Khor (16) and Al Shahania (15) – are involved in the fight to avoid either relegation or play-off.
Qatar SC face Al Arabi (seventh with 25 points), Umm Salal run into Al Sailiya (fifth with 28 points) and Al Khor meet Al Shahania in other action.