Foot Predictions shows Thursday’s match at the Club World Cup between Al Ahly and Palmeiras, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Al Ahly and Palm Trees will seek to end its campaign at the Club World Cup on Thursday afternoon, when they face each other in the third place playoff.
While Al Ahly lost to the tournament favorite, Bayern Munich, in the semifinals, Palmeiras suffered a surprise defeat by Tigres, from Mexico.
After the success of last month’s Copa Libertadores, Palmeiras was considered the favorite to face Bayern in this year’s final.
However, a penalty in the second half Andre-Pierre Gignac Tigres won the famous 1-0 victory on Monday, putting an end to Palmeiras’ hopes of lifting the trophy on their debut in the competition.
Although the defeat for the Mexican team does not necessarily diminish previous victories, there is no doubt that it is a missed opportunity.
Abel Ferreira now he must find a way to raise his group of players, whose only victory in six games is the victory over Santos in the Copa Libertadores final.
The Brazilian giant also didn’t score more than one goal in any of those matches, a statistic that doesn’t play in his favor before a game against Al Ahly.
Despite having conceded two goals in the defeat to Bayern, Al Ahly have not conceded goals in the last 12 games in all competitions.
Pitso Mosimane he would have been satisfied with his team’s performance against the Champions League winners, believing it was simply a step too far against a superior opponent.
However, they offered enough in that game to suggest that they are capable of getting the better of Palmeiras on Thursday, especially with the carrot added from third place.
Al Ahly only managed this feat once in six attempts, something that happened in 2006, when he got the better of Club America.
That said, the Egyptian team lost the previous two games against Brazilian opponents in this tournament.
Al Ahly Club World Cup form: WL
Forma Al Ahly (all competitions): WDWDWL
Form of Palmeiras at the World Cup: I
Form of Palmeiras (all competitions): LLDWDL
All news from the teams
Ali Maaloul is expected to stay out of Al Ahly after his early withdrawal against Bayern three days ago.
Yasser Ibrahim is likely to take his place on the team, while Marwan Mohsen and Walter Bwalya are looking for opportunities in the final third.
Ferreira could take the chance to run his Palmeiras XI, even passing the chances to Felipe melo and Patrick de Paula.
Mayke is also in contention to return to the side on the right side, taking the place of Marcos Rocha.
Possible initial line-up of Al Ahly:
El Shenawy; Hany, Banoun, Ashraf, Ibrahim; Fathi, Al Sulaya; El Shahat, Magdi Katsha, Mohamed; Bwalya
Possible initial lineup of Palmeiras:
Weverton; Mayke, Luan, Gomez, Vina; Boy, Veiga, Melo, De Paula, Ron; Adriano
Probability: Al Ahly 2-1 Palmeiras
Given the level of uncertainty about team selection, this is a difficult game to predict. Even so, we feel that Al Ahly will be more motivated to finish in third place, which leads us to bet on the Egyptian side to guarantee a narrow victory.