Bahrain National Stadium will witness a clash of giants today when Riffa take on Muharraq in the first leg of the King Cup semi-finals.
The match kicks off at 4.50pm. Later, at 7.30pm, Al Hala will face Al Hidd in the first leg at the same venue.
Both Muharraq and Riffa have been winners of various football titles in recent times. Riffa are currently the leaders of the Nasser bin Hamad Premier League and Muharraq are in second place with a deficit of just one point.
Muharraq started the season on a triumphant note, winning the Super Cup title after edging out Al Najma 4-3 in penalty shoot-out.
The team reached the King Cup semi-finals after defeating Budaiya in the round of 16 (1-0 and 2-1 in the first and second legs). Later, they defeated Manama 4-3 through penalty shoot-out in the quarter-finals. Manama won the first leg 2-1 and went down 0-1 in the second.
Riffa qualified for the semi-finals after defeating Busaiteen in the round of 16 through penalty shoot-out (5-4) when both teams were tied 2-2 and 1-1 respectively in the first and second legs. Riffa then defeated Al Shabab 1-0 and 3-1 in the quarter-final.
In today’s second match, Al Hidd will be looking to get closer to the title they won in 2015 after defeating Busaiteen 2-0 in the final.
Al Hidd qualified for today’s semi-final after defeating Sitra 1-0 and 2-0 in the round of 16 and holding off East Riffa 1-0 in both legs of the quarter-final.
Al Hala last reached the King Cup final in 2007 and went on to lose the title clash against Al Najma 2-0.