Fifa Club World Cup – Real chase record fourth success

Real Madrid may have endured a difficult season so far domestically, but the opportunity to head to the UAE to try and win the Club World Cup should come as a welcome boost.

A third consecutive success in the tournament would see Real become the first four-time winners of the competition and the chance to move past the mark they share with Barcelona, should be ample motivation.

Solari’s men come in cold

Entering the running at the semi-final stage means Los Blancos have not had much time to acclimatise, while their opponents – Kashima Antlers – have already been in action, edging out Guadalajara 3-2.

Indeed in all three games in the competition prior to the semi-final stage, at least one side has scored three times, so expect plenty of goals again when Real get involved, with over 3.5 total goals in their last-four games – 2.15 is on offer for there to be over 3.5 goals again.

Both teams to score also looks a decent prospect at 1.95, with some of the pressure of league action released to allow more attacking play.

Recent history with Madrid

The two sides met in the final of the Club World Cup two years ago, when Real were made to fight all the way before eventually sealing a 4-2 victory after extra-time, with Cristiano Ronaldo completing a hat-trick to get the job done.

Therefore, this fixture might not be as one-sided as you might think, especially when you factor in that Real have not been at their best for large parts of the current campaign – with the loss of Ronaldo to Juventus clearly having an effect.

With that in mind, the Spanish giants to win by one goal at 3.75 might catch your eye and there is little to choose between that and a two-goal margin, which is a 3.70 shot.