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Club World Cup 2019 preview


Club World Cup 2019 preview

Soccer eyes will be on Qatar during mid-December as seven clubs from across the globe will be challenging each other for the title of the world’s best team at this year’s FIFA Club World Cup. But who are favourites, what should bettors consider for their predictions and what might happen at the tournament? Read on to find out.

Club World Cup 2019 teams

Team

Representing

Entry round

Liverpool

Europe (UEFA)

Semi-finals

Flamengo

South America (CONMEBOL)

Semi-finals

Esperance de Tunis

Africa (CAF)

Second round

Al-Hilal

Asia (AFC)

Second round

Monterrey

North America (CONCACAF)

Second round

Hienghene Sport

Oceania (OFC)

First round

Al-Sadd

Qatar (Host nation)

First round

How does the Club World Cup work?

The Club World Cup is an annual soccer tournament which takes place every December and contains seven teams: the six reigning champions of each major continental tournament and reigning league champion of the host nation.

The competition is staged over four rounds. The Oceanic and host nation teams take part in the first round, with the winner entering the second round. The second round features the first round winners and African, Asian and North American representatives, with the two second round winners progressing to the semi-finals.

The semi-finals feature the second round winners and European and South American teams; the semi-final winners contest the final and losers participate in a third-placed playoff.

Schedule:

December 11: Al-Sadd vs. Hienghene Sport (First round)
December 14: Monterrey vs. First round winners (Second round)
December 14: Al-Hilal vs. Esperance de Tunis (Second round)
December 17: Flamengo vs Second round winners (Semi-finals)
December 18: Liverpool vs. Second round winners (Semi-finals)
December 21: Third-place play-off
December 21: Final

Who will win the Club World Cup?

Year

Champion

Score

Runner-up

2009

Barcelona

2-1 (AET)

Estudiantes

2010

Inter Milan

3-0

TP Mazembe

2011

Barcelona

4-0

Santos

2012

Corinthians

1-0

Chelsea

2013

Bayern Munich

2-0

Raja Casablanca

2014

Real Madrid

2-0

San Lorenzo

2015

Barcelona

3-0

River Plate

2016

Real Madrid

4-2 (AET)

Kashima Antlers

2017

Real Madrid

1-0

Gremio

2018

Real Madrid

4-1

Al-Ain

European teams have dominated the Club World Cup during the last decade, winning in nine of the last ten years. Liverpool are therefore understandably keen to win the competition for the first time in the club’s history. Manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to take the majority of his first team squad to Qatar, despite the fact that Liverpool will also be contesting a League Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa less than 24 hours before their semi-final match on December 18.

Expect their usual stars such as Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to be in the running for the Golden Ball award given to the tournament’s best player.

Gabriel Barbosa’s last-minute heroics in the recent Copa Libertadores final means Flamengo have the chance to become the first CONMEBOL club to win the Club World Cup since Corinthians in 2012. Managed by former Benfica and Sporting Lisbon coach Jorge Jesus, their debut in the tournament presents the opportunity to win their fourth trophy of 2019, having also lifted Brazil’s Serie A and the Campeonato Carioca this year.

CAF Champions League winners for the last two years and Tunisian league champions for the last three, Esperance de Tunis can call on a starting eleven largely comprised of internationals. They will be hoping to reach the semi-finals for the first time, having been knocked out in the second round in both 2011 and 2018. Tunisian striker Taha Yassine Khenissi is their player to watch and the 27-year-old has been their top scorer for the last four seasons.

Monterrey are making their fourth appearance in the Club World Cup this year, tying a CONCACAF record. Their physical and pacey style of play was best exhibited in their 10-2 CONCACAF Champions League semi-final aggregate win against Sporting Kansas City earlier this year, for which their powerful striking duo Rogelio Funes Moi and Dorlan Pabon were both on top form. Former Tottenham and AZ forward Vincent Janssen has also rediscovered his scoring touch since joining the Mexican club in July with 7 goals in 15 games as of November.

Al-Hilal are making their first ever appearance at the Club World Cup and are Saudi Arabia’s first representatives in the competition since 2005. Their attack is led by Bafetimbi Gomis, who was the top scorer in this season’s AFC Champions League with an impressive eleven goals. Their stern defence should not also be ignored, and their march to the trophy was largely aided by four clean sheets in their final six matches.

Hienghene Sport are the first ever team from New Caledonia to compete in the Club World Cup. Their triumph in the OFC Champions League defied expectations and relied on disciplined defensive performances as they conceded just two goals throughout the tournament. The Oceanic representative at the Club World Cup has not progressed from the first round since 2014 and a win against Al-Sadd in the opening match would be considered a significant achievement.

Two-time Club World Cup winner Xavi captained Al-Sadd to the Qatari Stars League title in April before becoming their manager the following month. Whilst their squad boasts several Qatar internationals who won this year’s Asian Cup, their key player is Algeria striker Baghdad Bounedjah, who netted an emphatic 48 goals in all competitions last season.

The opening match of the tournament against Hienghene Sport takes place at Al-Sadd’s Jassim bin Hamad Stadium and they will be hoping that home advantage helps them to have a successful tournament.

What should bettors consider?

Year

Total goals

Goals per game

2009

25

3.13

2010

27

3.38

2011

24

3.00

2012

21

2.63

2013

28

3.50

2014

20

2.50

2015

21

2.63

2016

28

3.50

2017

18

2.25

2018

33

4.13

As the Club World Cup can pit teams of wildly varying ability against each other, high-scoring matches are fairly common. Nine of the last ten tournaments have averaged 2.5 goals per game or higher, with three of those managing an average of at least 3.5 per game.

Last year’s tournament set a new record for goals per game with a massive 4.13 as the final, third placed play-off and both semi-finals all featured at least four goals.

The both teams to score market will also likely draw a lot of attention from bettors during the Club World Cup. Both teams scored in 14 of the 24 matches at the last three tournaments and six of eight last year. Notably, the exception here is in the final; in seven of the last ten finals the winners have kept a clean sheet.

Betting on a team to win to nil in the final could be seen as a useful way of lengthening your odds but bettors should be wary of simply following this trend. As always, it is best to analyse each game on an individual basis before simply following historic patterns.

Host nation representatives have enjoyed a good spell in the Club World Cup in recent years. They have progressed to at least the semi-finals in each of the last four tournaments and Kashima Antlers impressively took Real Madrid to extra time in the 2016 final. Therefore, should Al-Sadd win the opening match against Hienghene Sport, they could be worth considering for the Second Round tie against Monterrey.

 

 


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