Real Madrid starts their quest for the FIFA Club World Cup trophy when they play the semifinal game against Mexican side Club America in Japan. The winner of this clash will progress to the finals, where the victor between Atletico Nacional and Kashima Antlers will be waiting as the opponent.
Real Madrid won Club World Cup for the first time in 2014, and the Whites will look to add another title in their illustrious trophy cabinet.
Mexican side Club America defeated South Korean side Jeonbuk Hyundai 2-1 in the quarter-final of the competition, and they will look to do the impossible and outcast European Champions Real in the upcoming game.
This is the first time these two sides have faced one another. Both teams are vying for a win; Real Madrid is one of the very best in the business, and Club America has nothing to lose from this game.
Team News: America
Injury concerns for America are relatively minor. The only player absent for the Mexican side is defender Paul Aguilar, who is unfit to start the match because of his knee ligament injury.
Striker Silvio Romero, who scored twice for his side in the quarter-final match, can be a vital player for America to unlock Real Madrid’s defense. Meanwhile, Osvaldo Martinez, William Fernando-da-Silva, and Oribe Morones will likely be assigned with midfield’s responsibility.
Club America: Predicted Line-up (5-3-2)
Munoz – Goltz, Aguilar, Alvarez, Samudio, Valdez – Martinez, Silva, Morones – Romero, Qunitero
Team News: Real Madrid
Real Madrid has been incredibly unlucky when it comes to injuries involving their key players. Star man Gareth Bale suffered an ankle injury about two weeks ago, which can rule him out for a period of four months.
Key players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Luka Modric were all rested in the win over Deportivo in their last La Liga match. They are likely to be included in the staring XI that faces Club America on Thursday.
Since this is one of the most important trophies of this season, Zinedine Zidane surely will field his strongest lineup against the Mexican side.
Real Madrid: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Navas – Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos,Marcelo, – Modric, Casemiro, Kroos – Vasquez, Ronaldo, Benzema
America vs. Real Madrid: Head-to-Head
This will be the first time these two teams meet each other.
America vs. Real Madrid: TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.S., the match will be live on Fox Sports GO, Fox Deportes, Fox Sports 1 USA, and Fox Soccer 2GO USA. For other regions, the TV schedule can be found in the link here.
America vs. Real Madrid: Prediction
Defending European champion Real Madrid is absolute favorite to win this clash. Los Blancos are in breathtaking form this season, having not lost a single match in all competitions. They will look to continue their run against Club America with nothing less than a win.
Mexican outfit America is in decent form as well. However, playing against a big team like Real certainly will be very difficult. It is unlikely that they will produce a surprising result.
Final Predicted Score: Club America 1-3 Real Madrid
Club America vs. Real Madrid: Betting Tips and Odds
- America win: 10/1
- A draw: 5/1
- Real win: 1/4
- Both teams score: 23/10
The odds were provided by Sport William Hill.
Key Stats to Consider
- Club America has lost only one out of their 16 matches in all competitions.
- Club America defeated Jeonbuk Hyundai 2-1 in the quarter-final of Club World Cup 2016.
- Real Madrid is unbeaten in their last 35 matches in all competitions.
- Real Madrid won Club World Cup title in 2014.
- Real Madrid hasn’t lost a single match this season in all competitions.
The Club Americavs. Real Madrid stats were provided by Whoscored.
Club America vs. Real Madrid: Live Stream
The match can be streamed live online by clicking this link. The link will be updated just before kick-off.
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