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Real Madrid vs Gremio
FIFA Club World Cup 2017
Date: Saturday, 16th December 2017
Kick-off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi).
Real Madrid vs Gremio : Preview and Predictions
Real Madrid battle it out with Brazilian outfit Gremio to defend the FIFA Club World Cup title.
The Los Blancos had to work hard to get past local side Al Jazira at Abu Dhabi in the semifinals. Truth to be told, it was a pinball battle with Madrid creating an incredible number of chances. They had 25 attempts plus 19 corners as against their opponents 2 attempts on goal.
However, it was Jazira who took the lead just before half-time. But Madrid’s persistence finally paid off when Ronaldo pulled things level just after the half-time break through a sublime finish. Benzema then came close on numerous occasions and hit the post a couple of time. But, it was Gareth Bale who applied the final touch with 9 minutes left on the clock after coming off as a substitute for the unlucky French striker. The 2-1 final score line resembles that of Madrid’s 2016 final win against another Asian contagion Kashima Antlers.
The equalizing goal against Al Jazira made Cristiano Ronaldo the highest goal scorer at the tournament after taking his tally to 6 goals in total.
On the other hand, the defending Copa Libertadores champions Gremio had a tricky outing against the Mexican outfit Pachuca. It was a match of few chances and we had to wait until the added extra time to see the first and only goal of the match. The 21-year old Everton Soares scored a brace 5 minutes into the extra time to send his team to the first ever Club World Cup title.
Real Madrid vs Gremio: Predictions
Gremio are a side built on the backend of a strong defense. A team like Madrid who likes to dominate the attacking third will suit the Brazilians. Therefore, expect goals on either ends of the pitch as it is hard to keep Madrid away from scoring and Gremio are smart enough to punish on the counter.
Real Madrid finally start to find the rhythm and look closer to the side that clinch the Champions League last season. There are the kind of occasions that keep the likes of Ronaldo, Marcelo, Modric and Benzema motivated and expect them to squeeze a narrow win.
Real Madrid vs Gremio: Bet Tips
FT – Both teams to Score and Real Madrid
Over 1.5 first half goals
Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime.
Real Madrid vs Gremio: Head-to-head
Saturday’s FIFA World Cup final encounter will be the first ever competitive meeting between Real Madrid and Gremio
With a win on Saturday, Real Madrid equals domestic rivals Barcelona’s record for most number of FIFA World Cup’s titles (3).
Real won the trophy on each of the two previous appearances at the finals – 2014 and 2016.
Nine of the thirteen finals of the competition has been played between European and South American sides. The European sides were victorious 6 times and South Americans on 3.