FIFA Club World Cup 2017 UAE: Real Madrid vs Al Jazira FC- Preview
Real Madrid won this trophy last season despite a brief scare in the final against Kashima Antlers of Japan. Realistically they should have no trouble defending their crown and Al Jazira of UAE shouldn’t be too much of an obstacle but they are organised and solid enough at the back to suggest they can keep the score down.
This game is being played in Abu Dhabi, home of Al Jazira which is another leveller although there are likely to be a fair few Real Madrid fans in the stadium too. Al Jazira have done well so far in this tournament, grinding out 1-0 wins over Auckland and Urawa Reds to set up this glamour tie. They are also unbeaten in 11 games now in all competitions so they certainly will head into the game with some confidence, even though it’s a huge step up in class.
They’ve looked solid defensively in this competition and have kept clean sheets in 5 of their last 9 matches in all competitions. The winners of the 2016-17 UAE Pro League are coached by experienced Dutch boss Henk ten Cate and their most familiar name is former Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra although he hasn’t been involved in the tournament with most of their other players being UAE nationals.
In reality, there is still little chance of them avoiding defeat against a side of Real Madrid’s class. Los Blancos have blown hot and cold this season though and their 5-0 win over Sevilla at the weekend came slightly out of the blue. They’ve scored just once in their last 3 away matches in La Liga with their two most recent ending 0-0. For a side that scored in every competitive fixture last season, that’s a noticeable downtrend and they’ve not won any of their last 5 away league games by more than a single goal.
FIFA Club World Cup 2017 UAE
Al Jazira SC(UAE) vs Real Madrid CF(ESP)
Venue: Estadio Jeque Zayed
Date: 13th December, 2017
Kick off at: 22.30 IST/ 18.00 CET
Head to Head
The sides have never previously met.
Al Jazira SC vs Real Madrid CF- Stats in FIFACW
- Real have played 7 FIFA World Club Cup matches this century, winning 6 of them, including their Extra Time final win last term.
- They didn’t score more than 4 goals in any of those games.
- Al Jazira are playing in this competition for the first time and have recorded two 1-0 wins so far.
Al Jazira SC
Few changes are expected from the last round although an even more cautious approach is likely. Brazilian midfielder Romarinho is their main dangerman.
Real Madrid CF
Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane have been suffering from injuries but have travelled to the Middle East and could play some part in this fixture. Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Dani Carvajal sat out training on Monday but are expected to be fit for this one.
Al Jazira SC
Goalkeeper: Ali Khaseif
Defenders: Salem Rashid Obaid(LB), Fares Jumaa(CB), Mohammed Ali Fayed(CB), Musallem Fayez(RB)
Midfielders: Mbark Boussoufa (LW), Salem Abdulla(CM), Yaqoub Al Hosani(CM), Mohammed Al Attas(RW)
Forwards: Romarinho(CF), Ahmed Khalil Mubarak(WF)
Real Madrid CF
Goalkeeper: Keylor Navas
Defenders: Marcelo Vieira (LB), Sergio Ramos (CB), Nacho Monreal (CB), Dani Carvajal (RB)
Midfielders: Casemiro(CDM), Toni Kroos(CM), Isco Alarcon(CM), Luka Modric(CAM)
Forwards: Kareem Benzema(RCF), Cristiano Ronaldo (LCF)
6 of their 7 away games in La Liga this term have seen under 3.5 goals scored in total so it has been some way off vintage stuff from Real Madrid and Al Jazira will fancy they can at least be competitive for the most part here. Over 90 minutes it’s hard to see the Spaniards not breaking through at least once though so backing Real Madrid & Under 3.5 Goals could be the smart move.
In terms of the scoreline, going for Real Madrid to win by 3 goals may be worth a bet. In unfamiliar conditions, they won’t feel the need to chase a cricket score with a tougher final match to come just three days after this one.
Al Jazira SC 0
Real Madrid CF 3