Foot Predictions shows the confrontation between Bayern Munich and Tigres in the Club World Cup, including predictions, news about the teams and possible lineups.
Bayern Munchen to assume Tigers in the Club World Cup final on Thursday night, with the German team looking to lift the trophy for the second time in its history.
On their way is a team that has already won two matches in the competition this season, beating Ulsan Hyundai and Palmeiras to reach their first Club World Cup final.
The Bavarian team faces a quick turnaround in Qatar after defeating Al Ahly in the semifinals on Monday night.
Robert Lewandowski net a strap to see Hansi FlickThe team team defeated the CAF Champions League winners 2-0, giving them a head start with a close-range submission before he headed the second goal of a Leroy Sane cross at the end of the match.
They qualified for this year’s Club World Cup thanks to their first Champions League victory since 2013, with a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the final in August.
The game in Lisbon went without goals for 60 minutes, until Kingsley Coman passed on Keylor Navas to seal the game for the German giants and secure their sixth Champions League trophy.
The result followed a dominant sequence in the tournament, having comfortably won all the teams that stood in their way to the final.
The Bavarians did well in the group stage, winning all six games, including a 7-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur away from home.
Flick’s team started the knockout phase by defeating Chelsea 7-1 in a total of two hands, with Serge Gnabry with two goals at Stamford Bridge, followed by a Lewandowski double in the second leg at the Allianz Arena.
They then followed up with an 8-2 rout over Barcelona, with Thomas Muller and Philippe Coutinho compensation keys for Bayern, along with goals from Ivan Perisic, Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and Lewandowski, sealing an attractive result for Die Roten.
In the semi-final, the German champion made another dominant display, beating Lyon 3-0 thanks to another Gnabry goal, taking Der FCB to the final by beating PSG.
The start of this season has been as strong as ever, currently at the top of the Bundesliga, seven points ahead of second-placed RB Leipzig, while they have also crossed the Champions League group stage, leading the group with 16 points.
Bayern come for this match after a series of six consecutive wins in all competitions, including four clean sheets in the last five.
The Mexican team comes to this game with two victories to reach the final.
Firstly, Ricardo FerrettiThe men came from behind to beat the South Korean team Ulsan Hyundai 2-1, when a Andre-Pierre Gignac key overturned Ulsan’s opening goal through Kim Kee-Hee.
Gignac then scored his third goal in the tournament by scoring the only goal of the match in Tigres’ victory over Palmeiras, Copa Libertadores champion, 1-0, guaranteeing his place in the final.
This made Los Auriazules the first team in North America to reach the Club World Cup final, and they face a very difficult challenge in their attempt to become the first team on their continent to win the tournament.
They qualified with a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles FC in the CONCACAF Champions League final, lifting the trophy for the first time in the club’s history.
Los Angeles took the lead in the second half through Diego Rossibut goals from Hugo Ayala and Gignac drew in favor of the Mexican team at the end of the game.
The result followed a small defeat in the final of the previous year, when Tigres lost 2-1 to Mexican rival Monterrey in two matches, with the victory of 2020 completing their redemption and consolidating their position as one of the best teams in America From north.
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The German team should have a full squad to choose from in this match, with Flick expecting a very strong team in the hope of securing another silver piece for Bayern.
Spanish midfielder Marc Roca started two of Die Roten’s last three matches, including the victory over Al Ahly, after fighting to impact the team so far in this campaign, and hopes to return to play here from the beginning.
He will be challenged by Leon Goretzka, who has become a key member of the Flick system over the past two seasons, forming a strong midfield partnership with Kimmich.
Lewandowski will lead the Bayern line again here, with the Polish striker already having 29 goals this season in 27 games in all competitions.
He will likely be supported by a combination of Gnabry, Muller, Sane and Coman, who have formed one of the strongest attacks in the world in recent seasons.
In the meantime, Tigres will once again rely on Gignac, who appears to be turning things around in Qatar, with the Frenchman scoring 17 goals in 23 games in all competitions in this campaign.
Winger Nicolas Lopez can return to availability for this game, after passing through COVID-19, but we hope that Ferretti will continue with the players that made Tigres reach the final, with Gignac supported by the broad threat of the Javier Aquino and Luis quinones.
Versatile midfielder Jesus Duenas fell on the left side for the game against Palmeiras, with Guido Pizarro and Rafael Carioca operating in the middle of the park.
However, a game against tougher opponents may lead Duenas to go back to the middle to add another body to the midfield battle, as we expect them to move to a more conservative system of three in the middle and Gignac as a lone striker.
This could see an experienced defender Francisco meza return to the side in the center of the back, pushing Carlos Salcedo to the left side, allowing Duenas to move into midfield to protect the four defenders from the threat of attack posed by Flick’s men.
Possible initial line-up for Bayern Munich:
Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Kimmich, Goretzka; Coman, Muller, Gnabry; Lewandowski
Possible initial lineup of Tigres:
Guzman; Rodriguez, Reyes, Meza, Salcedo; Duenas; Aquino, Carioca, Pizarro, Quinones; Gignac
Probability: Bayern Munich 2-0 Tigers
We expect Die Roten to flex his muscles in this game, using his superior quality to defeat a tough side of Tigers.
Although we expect the Mexican side to make a very good effort, we can see that this is a step too far for Ferretti’s team and we predict a victory for the German champion, with Lewandowski increasing his goal count.