The 2017 edition of the FIFA Club World Championship (International Football Federation) will be opened this Wednesday, December 6. With a place in the quarterfinals, Al Jazeera of the United Arab Emirates faces Auckland in New Zealand. The game will be held at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
This will be the fourteenth edition of the tournament in the FIFA version. The winner of the opening duel will face the next stage and the Urawa Red Diamonts (Japan). If there is a tie in regulation time, extra time and penalties can be used to set the Japanese opponent. The second phase also has the clash between Pachuca (Mexico) and Wydad Casablanca (Morocco). Grêmio and Real Madrid only begin to participate in the tournament from the semifinals.
Al-Jazeera’s recent performance
Al Jazeera won the right to play in the FIFA Club World Cup for being the current national champion of the host country. Billed the 2016/2017 edition of the United Arab Emirates Championship. He reached the title by reaching 68 points (22 wins, two draws and two losses). They were 11 more than Al Wasl, runner-up. He also presented the best attack (72 goals) and the least leak defense (15 goals) of the tournament.
In the current season, failed to maintain the standard of performance. With 16 points (four wins, four draws and two losses), it occupies the fourth place. They are six points less than Al Wasl, the leader.
Divided between the local tournament and the Gulf Cup, Al Jazeera have not lost nine matches. It was five wins and four draws since the series began on 6 October. The most recent game was on Thursday, November 30th. As a visitor, he defeated Al Sharjah by the UAE Championship 2-1.
Directed by Dutch coach Cate Hendrick, the Arab team has as one of the highlights the striker Romarinho (ten games in the UAE 2017/2018, three goals), former Corinthians.
The most widely used coaching scheme is a line of four defenders, three holding hoses and two connecting players with striker Ali Ahmed Mabkhout, who has scored five goals in Al-Jazeera’s last three matches and is the leading scorer in the national league with seven goals in seven games.
The current form of Auckland
Auckland secured the right to play in the Interclub World Cup with the title of the Champions League in 2017. The path of the New Zealand teams in the race was much easier after Australia decided to participate in tournaments in Asia seeking a higher technical growth . He left New Zealand as a benchmark on the continent where football is semi-amateur.
Auckland is the leader of the New Zealand Championship. He reached 16 points (five wins, one draw and one loss). After two stumbling blocks at the start, he set a winning streak that was completed on November 24 with a 5-0 win at home to Hawke’s Bay. Team Wellington also reached 16 points in the tournament, but did one more match than the leader, besides being disadvantageous in the tiebreaker criteria.
History of the bouts between Al-Jazira and Auckland
This will be the first match between teams.
Although a giant in local football, Auckland takes advantage of the fragility of rivals to achieve hegemony on the continent. When faced with better opponents, it ends up suffering a ” reality shock ”.
Although UAE football can not be considered as cutting-edge, it has a much greater exchange with teams of superior technical quality, which ends up raising the level of its clubs, always driven by heavy investments of the local millionaires.
So the hunch at home owners seems to be the most appropriate option for Wednesday’s showdown. Al-Jazeera’s success in regulatory time pays 1.80 per real invested in Rivalo. Draw has a prize of 3.50 and Auckland’s victory multiplies the investment by 4.50.