Posted on April 14, 2017
The Qatar Stars League 2016-17 season comes to an end when gameweek 26 is played on Friday and Saturday and top four sides turn their attention to Qatar Cup and the rest of the teams to HH the Emir's Cup.
 
Four matches are set to be played on Friday when Al Sailiya take on Al Wakrah at Al Arabi Club's Grand Hamad Stadium, Al Rayyan face Al Khor at Al Sadd Club's Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Umm Salal play Al Arabi at Qatar Club's Suhaim bin Hamad Stadium, while Al Ahli take on Muaither at Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium.
 
On Saturday, the remaining three matches will be played as Al Sadd hosts El Jaish at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium, Al Kharaitiyat SC take on Al Gharafa at Al Khor Stadium, and Al Shahania play Lekhwiya at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in a match that will see Lekhwiya officially crowned QSL champions. Lekhwiya secured their fifth league title on Thursday and topped their Asian Champions League group, so the crowning on Saturday will be a culmination of a successful season.
 
The champions announced a few days ago that they will merge with El Jaish and form Al Duhail Club, starting next season. They will continue however under Lekhwiya until the end of current season as they are still competing in Qatar Cup. Meanwhile, the play-off match between QSL's 12th-placed Al Shahania against the runners-up of Qatargas League will be played on April 19, QSL announced. If the match ends in a draw, it will be decided through extra-time and then penalty kicks if there is no winner. Al Markhiya have already secured promotion to QSL next season by winning the Qatargas League title.
 
In the first match of gameweek 26, Al Sailiya go into the match on 28 points in eight place and have a chance to improve their ranking if they beat Al Wakra and seventh-placed Al Kharaitiyat lose to Al Gharafa. Al Sailiya coach ?Sami Trabelsi will have a full squad to choose from as they view the game to be a last chance to improve their position and prepare for HH the Emir's Cup. Al Wakrah, meanwhile, are 14th in the table and officially relegated to the second division but will want to end their season on a high note after drawing their last match against Umm Salal. The coaching staff also view the last match as a good preparation ahead of the cup involvement. 
 
In another match, third-placed Al Rayyan who have 48 points take on Al Khor on 25 points in 11th place. Al Rayyan aim to win to prove that they deserve their standing and enter the match in high spirits following an away win the Asian Champions League against Iranian side Perspolis. 
 
Al Khor, who avoided playing the play-off match against the Qatargas League runners-up Qatar SC, enter the match in a relaxed mood, having secured their QSL place and will play to improve their ranking.  Umm Salal go into their match on 34 points in sixth place and need to win or draw to maintain their place that they compete for with Al Kharaitiyat. Al Arabi, meanwhile are ninth on 28 points and a win can also take them to a higher place on the table. 
 
Al Ahli are tenth on 27 points and will aim to beat Muaither to improve their place as well as warm up for HH the Emir's Cup. Muaither, 13th, officially relegated to the second division but will also consider the match a preparation for cup games. 
 
In the second day of gameweek 26, second-placed Al Sadd take on fourth-placed El Jaish. Although the match bears no importance for the position of either side as they both will finish in the top four, each side will try to end the league on a winning note before they kick off their Qatar Cup participation. They will also try to make up for lost points in the previous round after Al Sadd drew with Al Sailiya to lose their chance of taking the title race to the last match, while El Jaish lost to Al Gharafa. 
 
Seventh-placed Al Kharaitiyat face fifth-placed Al Gharafa and each side will aim to repeat their wins from the previous round and end the league with a win ahead of the cup games. The last match will be see Lekhwiya crowned QSL champions at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium against Al Shahania who relegated to the second division last week after drawing with Al Khor. Lekhwiya have 62 points and beat Al Ahli in the previous round. Although the match will not change the position of either side, it bears special importance for Al Shahania who lost 10-0 to Lekhwiya in the corresponding fixture in the first half of the season and will try to improve on that result when they take on the champions.

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