Al-Hilal faces Chelsea in the FIFA Club World Cup semifinals. The match will be played on Wednesday, February 9th at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi)
Al-Hilal participates in the FIFA Club World Cup only for the second time in its history. The previous attempt was in 2019, and it ended with a defeat to Monterrey in the match for third place. In the current draw of the tournament, Leonardo Jardim’s men played against Al Jazira and won with a score of 6-1. Al-Hilal is a quite strong team. It’s not just about an experienced coach. Such well-known performers in European football as Odion Ighalo, Moussa Marega, and Andre Carrillo play for the Saudis. Now all the players are healthy and ready to appear on the pitch in the match against Chelsea.
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Chelsea is the current holder of the Champions League Cup. I remind you that the Blues were stronger than Manchester City in the final (1-0). The Londoners have only once participated in the Club World Cup, and it was in 2012. Then they reached the final but unexpectedly lost to Corinthians with a score of 0-1. Tuchel’s men are now in fairly good shape. In the previous seven matches in all competitions, the team gained five victories and one draw and lost only to Manchester City. I will add that the Pensioners are in third place in the Premier League standings.
Five of Al-Hilal’s last six matches in the Asian Champions League ended with “Both teams to score — no.” In addition, all of them ended with Under 3.5 goals scored. Of course, Chelsea is the undisputed favorite of the upcoming game. It’s all about the difference in class. Yes, the Saudis have a good manager and quite skillful performers, but the Londoners are much stronger in all respects. And the nominal hosts are unlikely to do anything with it. The charges of Jardim will be satisfied if they do not lose with a large score. If they score and don’t concede a lot, it will be a top result. But I offer you to bet on the Pensioners to score over 2.0 goals.