Al Ahly Cairo - Real Madrid prediction
Real Madrid are in Morocco for the Club World Cup and open their campaign with a semi-final against Al Ahly from Cairo, Egypt.
The winner of this pair will advance to the final on Saturday, where they will meet Flamengo's winner Al Hilal .
Needless to say, the European giants are the heavy favorites to win not only today's match, but the entire tournament.
That would be 5 titles for Real Madrid in this competition - a real record.
On the other hand, their seemingly easy opponent should not be underestimated.
Al Ahly is one of the most successful African teams. And he has already won twice in Morocco at this tournament.
In fact, Al Ahli are on a 5-match winning streak in all competitions, the last 4 of which have been clean sheets.
As the Egyptian team is unbeaten since the summer.
Real Madrid are without several key players, including goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
This will maybe help Al Ahli score 1 goal in the match. Which, however, will not be enough for them to avoid the loss.
Prediction for a possible exact result: 1-2 for Real Madrid.
Al Ahly Cairo - statistics and info
Al Ahly qualified for the Club World Cup as runners-up in the African Champions League for the 2021/22 season.
They are considered the most dominant African club .
Having won their Champions League in 2020 and 2021 before reaching the final again last year.
Coached by Swiss manager Marcel Kohler, they hope to make history.
It will be if they reach the final of this competition for the first time after three third-place finishes in 2006, 2020 and 2021.
The Egyptians have already won two matches in this year's edition of the tournament to reach the quarter-finals.
They beat Oakland City 3-0 in the 1st round.
And then in a far more tense match against the North American champions, the Seattle Sounders won 1-0.
Afsha scored in the 88th minute to decide the match in favor of Al Ahly Cairo.
But he and his teammates face a very different task here.
Real Madrid - statistics and info
Carlo Ancelotti will be looking to quickly return to winning ways in La Liga after the shootout in Mallorca.
But he and his squad now shift their focus to the Club World Cup.
A competition they won a record four times between 2014 and 2018.
Real Madrid, the reigning champions of the Champions League, are of course favorites now as well.
And he can take a fifth world title this year.
But the Royals have not always had success at the Club World Cup.
After failing to lift the trophy in 2000 under former boss Vicente del Bosque.
Los Blancos, however, have been hampered by a host of injury problems.
As three of their most important players will be missing – Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao and Karim Benzema remain in Madrid.
So Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping some of his younger players step up.
And to give the impetus to lead Real Madrid to another trophy.
The Kings won't be traveling in particularly good spirits after losing 1-0 to Mallorca in La Liga at the weekend.
Squads and injured footballers
Al Ahly Cairo
Lineup: El Shenawi; Hani, Metuali, Abdelmonem, Maalul; Fathi, Dieng, El Solia; Tau, Sheriff, Abdel Kader
Injured: Shobeir, Fouad, Taufik
Lineup: Lunine; Carvajal, Nacho, Rudiger, Alaba; Kroos, Chuameni, Modric; Valverde, Rodrigo, Vinicius
Injured: Courtois, Benzema, Militao, Mendy, Hazard, Vasquez