Al Ahly vs Zamalek Preview: Egyptian giants meet for first time after pandemic

In the build up to the first Cairo Derby since last season, the undefeated Al Ahly are pitted against a Zamalek side who are in a fix, with their enthusiastic young core not able to stop them from losing points.

Zamalek have continued their mixed performances since returning, achieving only two victories, causing worries for their fans and controversial club President Mortada Mansour, who recently fined his players 100,000 Egyptian Pounds after drawing to Ittihad.

Their goalless draw against last-placed FC Masr in game-week 20 has done little to inspire confidence for the Whites. 

Hopes were uplifted last game week, however, after youngster Hossam Ashraf stole the show after he stepped up in the 94th minute of the game to rifle a snapshot volley into the back of the net to secure all three points for Zamalek against Masr El Makassa on Saturday.

Al Ahly director of football Sayed Abdelhafiz has confirmed on Tuesday that first team centre back Mahmoud Metwally has suffered a partial anterior cruciate ligament tear to his right knee after undergoing MRI test. He joins a growing list of six injured players.

Al Ahly is going through a good period during the last period before going to the semi-finals of the African Champions League, despite the injuries and absences suffered by the Red Devils.