The Club World Cup final will be held in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, and will feature Champions League winners Chelsea and Copa Libertadores champions Palmeiras.
On Wednesday, the English team defeated Al-Hilal in their semi-final, while their opponents defeated Egyptian giants Al-Ahly to advance to the final.
Chelsea qualified for the Club World Cup by winning their second Champions League title, defeating Manchester City in the final in Porto, with Kai Havertz scoring the game’s only goal.
Last season, Palmeiras became the first Brazilian club to retain the Copa Libertadores cup since 2001, defeating Flamengo 2-1 in a dramatic final thanks to Deyverson’s extra-time winner.
Following their 0-1 FIFA Club World Cup victory over Al-Hilal, Chelsea will be hoping for a repeat performance.
Romelu Lukaku (32′) was Chelsea’s lone scorer.
The Chelsea backline has shown a great deal of resiliency recently, as evidenced by their recent results. Chelsea has been defensive in recent games, with only three goals going past their goalkeeper in their last six games.
Palmeiras will enter the match fresh off a 2-0 FIFA Club World Cup victory over Al Ahly in their last match.
Raphael Veiga (39′) and Dudu (49′) both scored for Palmeiras.
Palmeiras’ defenders have conceded four goals in their previous six games combined, thanks to a string of hard work. In that period, they have scored a total of ten goals. However, such a pattern is unlikely to continue in this encounter.
Chelsea: (Andreas Christensen, Reece James and Ben Chilwell)
Chelsea vs Palmeiras Predicted XI
Chelsea Predicted XI: Kepa; Christensen, Silva, Rudiger; Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Havertz, Lukaku, Ziyech
Palmeiras Predicted XI: Weverton; Rocha, Gomez, Luan, Piquerez; Danilo, Rafael; Dudu, Veiga, Scarpa; Rony
On paper, Chelsea would clearly appear to be the big favorite and, barring sensational surprises, they should be able to take home this prestigious cup. Chelsea should produce enough chances to score more than one goal in this encounter against Palmeiras, who may struggle to score.
We therefore advise you to play for the victory of the English team, perhaps also adding the Under 2.5 option, given the probable balance of the challenge.
The twenty-fifth day of Serie A could be fundamental in the race for the Scudetto. In fact, at the Maradona stadium, Napoli-Inter takes place, second against first in Serie A, with a point difference between the two teams.
Spalletti, once the injury emergency was over, returned to flying, obtaining four victories in a row with Sampdoria, Bologna, Salernitana, and Venezia, and nibbling four points from the next opponents, who still have a game to recover from.
On the other hand, Inzaghi has just returned from the scorching defeat in the derby with Milan, which put an end to the positive streak that had lasted since then in league matches.
SSC Napoli DWLWWW
After defeating Venezia 0-2 in Serie A, Napoli will be seeking another triumph.
SSC Napoli had 66 percent possession and 16 shots on goal, 6 of which were on target during the game. Victor Osimhen (59′) and Andrea Petagna (100′) scored goals for SSC Napoli. Venezia had seven shots on goal, three of which were on target.
SSC Napoli has had little trouble scoring goals recently, with the team scoring in each of their last six games.
During that time, they’ve scored 12 goals and given up a total of seven.
Inter Milan DLWWDW
Inter Milan will enter the encounter on the back of a 2-0 Coppa Italia victory against Roma in their last match.
In the game, Inter Milan had 57 percent possession and 12 shots on goal, 5 of which were on target.Edin Deko (2′) and Alexis Sánchez (68′) scored goals for Inter Milan. Roma had ten shots on goal, one of which was on target.
Inter Milan’s Simone Inzaghi has managed to put the ball in the net ten times in their last six matches, giving them a goals per game average of 1.67.
Inter Milan has not lost an away match against SSC Napoli in the last two league encounters.
SSC Napoli: (Hirving Lozano).
Inter Milan: (Felipe Caicedo, Alessandro Bastoni, Joaquín Correa and Robin Gosens).
Napoli vs Inter Milan Predicted XI
SSC Napoli Predicted XI: Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Rrahmani, Jesus, Rui; Lobotka, Ruiz; Politano, Zielinski, Insigne; Osimhen.
Inter Milan Predicted XI: Handanovic; Skriniar, De Vrij, D’Ambrosio; Darmian, Barella, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Perisic; Martinez, Dzeko.
It is difficult to say who will win in the scudetto clash between Napoli and Inter: the prediction is, in fact, for Over 2.5. The Azzurri have the opportunity, playing at home, to climb to the top and will try to exploit it by betting everything on their offensive sector.
Our prediction also takes into account the first leg, a fireworks match with five goals and many occasions, including a sensational failure by Mertens that could have changed the result by a lot. It will then be a question of motivations at the Nerazzurri.
After the criticism that rained down after the Derby defeat, Inzaghi needs a win to fend off pursuers and erase doubts about his team’s state of form. To do so, he will focus on the quality of the play and the ability of his team to score many goals.