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2013/2014 Egyptian Premier League predictions

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predictions ahead of the 2013/2014 season, which is set to kick off today.

With the draw done and dusted, writers and Egyptian football experts have gathered to forecast their predictions for the upcoming Egyptian Premier League season.

Adam Moustafa, Ahmed Assem, Karim Abdoun, Karim Fathi, Oluwada Lotfi, Omar Zoheir and Youssef El Hadidy are the panel who will give their thoughts for the upcoming campaign, which is scheduled to start on December 24.

League Champions

Who will win the league? The top two in each group play a round-robin tournament and the format is easy. The team that gets the most points wins the league.

Adam MostafaAl Ahly
Ahmed AssemAl Ahly
Karim AbdounAl Ahly
Karim FathiAl Ahly
Oluwada LotfiAhly or Zamalek
Omar ZoheirZamalek
Youssef El HadidyAl Ahly

Top Four (Moraba’a El Zahabi)

Comprising of the top two teams from each group.

Adam MoustafaZamalek, Ahly, Ismaily, Smouha
Ahmed AssemZamalek, Ahly, Ismaily, ENPPI
Karim AbdounZamalek, Ahly, Ismaily, ENPPI
Karim FathiZamalek, Ahly, Ismaily, ENPPI
Oluwada LotfiZamalek, Ahly, Ismaily, ENPPI
Omar ZoheirZamalek, Ahly, Ismaily, ENPPI
Youssef El HadidyZamalek, Ahly, Ismaily, Smouha

2nd Champions League Spot

The top two in the round-robin tournament qualify for the CAF Champions League, 3rd and 4th qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup.

Adam MoustafaZamalek
Ahmed AssemZamalek
Karim AbdounZamalek
Karim FathiZamalek
Oluwada Lotfi*
Omar ZoheirAl Ahly
Youssef El HadidyZamalek

Relegated Sides

This is the tricky part. The bottom three in each group (six teams) play a round-robin tournament and only the top team survives.

Five is a very broad number, that is why our experts had to choose a minimum of three.

Adam MoustafaQanah, Al-Ragaa, Beni Suef Telephones, Menya, El-Dakhleya
Ahmed Assem Ittihad of Alexandria, Menya, Entag El-Harby
Karim AbdounMenya, Beni Suef Telephones, Qanah
Karim FathiMenya, Al-Ragaa, Beni Suef Telephones
Oluwada LotfiMenya, Ittihad of Alexandria, Al-Ragaa
Omar ZoheirArab Contractors, Entag El-Harby, Ittihad of Alexandria
Youssef El HadidyEl-Dakhleya, Ittihad of Alexandria, Entag El-Harby

Dark Horses

Who will claim a few scalps? The team that will surprise us the most with their results? The team that could potentially nick the league from Ahly and Zamalek.

Adam MoustafaSmouha
Ahmed AssemAl-Ragaa
Karim AbdounSmouha
Karim FathiSmouha
Oluwada LotfiSmouha, Haras-El Hodood, Misr El Maqassa
Omar ZoheirAl Masry
Youssef El HadidyAl-Ragaa, Menya

Top Scorer

Who will finish the season as top scorer?

Adam MoustafaHamada Yehia (Smouha)
Ahmed AssemErnst Papa Arko (Smouha)
Karim AbdounAhmed Ali (Zamalek)
Karim Fathi*
Oluwada LotfiAhmed Ali (Zamalek)
Omar ZoheirErnst Papa Arko (Smouha)
Youssef El HadidyAhmed Ali (Zamalek)

Best Signing

Which player who moved in the summer will make the most impact?

Adam MoustafaMohamed Zeka (Ismaily)
Ahmed AssemMo'men Zakaria (Zamalek)
Karim AbdounMo'men Zakaria (Zamalek)
Karim FathiAhmed Ali (Zamalek)
Oluwada LotfiDavis Mwape (Petrojet)
Omar ZoheirAhmed Ali (Zamalek)
Youssef El HadidyAhmed Ali (Zamalek)

Best Young Player

Who will the be the young player that will catch the eyes this season?
*Anyone under the age of 22.

Adam MoustafaRami Rabia (Al Ahly)
Ahmed AssemRami Rabia (Al Ahly)
Karim AbdounRami Rabia (Al Ahly)
Karim FathiMostafa Fathy (Zamalek)
Oluwada LotfiMohamed Zeka (Ismaily) or Ahmed Samir (Dakhleya)
Omar ZoheirRami Rabia (Al Ahly)
Youssef El HadidyMahmoud Hassan 'Trezeguet' (Al Ahly)

Worst Signing

A player who was signed in the summer that will have the least impact.

Adam MoustafaSabri Rahil (Al Ahly)
Ahmed AssemAhmed Ali (Zamalek)
Karim Abdoun*
Karim FathiSabri Rahil (Al Ahly)
Oluwada LotfiMo'men Zakaria (Zamalek)
Omar ZoheirMo'men Zakaria (Zamalek)
Youssef El HadidyMo'men Zakaria (Zamalek)

Best Foreign Player

Which foreign player will catch the eye?

Adam MoustafaMaaruf Yusuf (Qanah)
Ahmed AssemSaladin Ahmed (Wadi Degla)
Karim AbdounErnst Papa Arko (Smouha)
Karim FathiPascal Angan (Ismaily)
Oluwada LotfiMaaruf Yusuf (Qanah)
Omar ZoheirErnst Papa Arko (Smouha)
Youssef El HadidyDominique da Silva (Al Ahly)

Best Manager

Lastly, a manager who will lead his side to a notable achievement. A manager that will take the league by storm.

Adam MoustafaMohamed Radwan (Arab Contractors)
Ahmed AssemMohamed Youssef (Al Ahly)
Karim AbdounMohamed Youssef (Al Ahly)
Karim FathiMohamed Helmy (ENPPI)
Oluwada LotfiHamada Sedki (Smouha)
Omar ZoheirMohamed Youssef (Al Ahly)
Youssef El HadidyMohamed Youssef (Al Ahly)


5 of our panel believe Al Ahly will win an unprecedented 37th league title.

5 of our panel also believe that last season’s top four will not change.

All 7 of our panel think the CAF Champions League places will be occupied by the Cairo giants.

5 of our experts think Minyah will go straight back down to Division B, whereas 4 think ‘Zaa’eem el Thaghr’ Ittihad of Alexandria will go down.

4 of our panel think Smouha will be the dark horses, whereas 2 went for the unlikely Al-Ragaa, and only 1 thinks Haras El-Hodood could surprise Zamalek.

3 of our panel believe Ahmed Ali will finish the season as top goalscorer.

3 of our panel also believe that Ahmed Ali will be the best piece of business done.

3 of our experts think Sabri Rahil will be the worst signing of the season.

4 of our panel think Rami Rabia will be the best young player in the 13/14 Egyptian Premier League season.

4 of our panel tip Mohamed Youssef to be the best manager of the 13/14 season.

There are 6 different answers to who will be the Best Foreign Player.

Do you agree with the predictions? Which prediction do you think will almost certainly turn out to be true? Do you agree completely with someone in the panel? Or do you disagree with someone in the panel?

Be sure to leave your comments and predictions below.

Al Ahly fanatic and Italian football aficionado. Working on a degree in Business Administration at the American University in Cairo.

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