After defeating Seattle Sounders in the Quarterfinals, Al Ahly will lock horns with champions league winners Real Madrid at the Complexe Sportif Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Morocco on Wednesday. Los Blancos are the most experienced team in this competition, winning it four times, while the African-based team’s best result is a third-place finish.
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Al Ahly (Africa)
Ahly started their FIFA Club World Cup campaign by beating New Zealand side Auckland City 3-0 easily in the preliminary round on Wednesday to set up the Seattle Sounders clash.
The Red Devils secured another victory against MLS champions Seattle Sounders when Mohamed Afsha scored in the 88th minute to hand his team their dream matchup against European champions. Al Ahly have enjoyed superb support from the tournament host’s Moroccan fans during the game against Auckland City and Seattle Sounders.
One of the best sides in African league football will be gracing this tournament for the eighth time and have finished in third place three times. Al Ahly has been unbeaten since the beginning of the season after the appointment of Swiss coach Marcel Koller.
Al Ahly’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Mohamed El Shenawy; Mohamed Hany, Mahmoud Metwalli, Mohamed Abdelmonem, Ali Maaloul; Fathi, Aliou Dieng, Amr El Solia; Percy Tau, Mohamed Sherif, Abdel Kader.
Real Madrid (Spain)
Carlo Ancelotti will be keen to bounce back following their defeat against Mallorca in the league. Real Madrid needs to quickly adjust and shift their focus to the FIFA Club World Cup, a competition they have won a record four times between 2014 and 2018. Real Madrid were crowned the champions after defeating Manchester City in the final of the champions league. They are the favourite to lift the trophy regardless of their injury concerns.
Real Madrid’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Andriy Lunin; Daniel Carvajal, Antonio Rudiger, Nacho, Eduardo Camavinga; Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni, Dani Ceballos; Fede Valverde, Rodrygo Goes, Vinicius Junior.
Expert Betting Tips
Several Real Madrid players are struggling to stay fit for the crunch showdown against Al Ahly due to various injuries. This includes star goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, forward Karim Benzema, defenders Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, David Alaba and midfielders Lucas Vazquez and Aurelien Tchouameni. It will be a tough game against a highly defensive Al Ahly who have yet to concede in the last two games. But they are Real Madrid, and considering the quality of both teams, expect Los Blancos to secure a win and score more than once here for 1.60.
Al Ahly won’t back down without a fight here; bet on BTTS for 2.05.
We expect an open game here; bet on a total of over 2.5 goals for 1.69.