Our prediction for this FIFA Club World Cup match:
Al Jazira and Auckland City face each other at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in the FIFA Club World Cup play-offs. Al Jazira are eager to mark their debut at the tournament with a win over Auckland City, but beating the high-flying New Zealand side is easier said than done. The Navy Blues participated in the FIFA Club World Cup play-offs last season, but Kashima Antlers proved to be a big catch for Ramon Tribulietx’s team. Auckland City, though, have been scoring goals for fun of late and seeing that they netted 15 goals in total in their last three league fixtures, we predict that they are going to make it to the final stages. A man to watch in the away team will be Argentine attacker Emiliano Tade, who has already scored ten goals in the New Zealand Premiership this term and the opposition defenders should have him at bay.
Highlighted Player (Sardor Rashidov):
Sardor Rashidov is a right-footed attacker who was born in Jizzakh, Uzbekistan on June 14, 1991. Rashidov started his senior career at his home-town club Sogdiana Jizzakh, but he made no more than three appearances in the league for the club.
In 2009 Rashidov moved to fellow Uzbek side Bunyodkor and he played for the club from 2009 to 2015. In July 2015 the centre forward, who can be used as a winger as well, joined El Jaish of Qatar for a fee of $2.1 million. Sardor Rashidov scored 21 goals in 42 games for the Qatar Stars League club and then he decided to take one step forward in his career as he signed a deal with Al Jazira.
He made his Al Jazira debut in a 2-1 win over Ajman on September 15, 2017. Speaking of his international career, Rashidov impressed on his debut for Uzbekistan as he scored against Vietnam in the 2015 Asian Cup. The Al Jazira attacker has established himself as a first-team regular with Uzbekistan and he has been scoring goals for fun ever since he made his full international debut for the national team.
Highlighted Team (Auckland City):
Auckland City are a New Zealand football club which compete in the New Zealand Football Championship. Despite being level on points with second-placed Team Wellington he Navy Blues won their eighth domestic trophy in 2017 due to a better goal difference and they participated at the FIFA Club World Cup on numerous occasions.
Auckland City recorded their best result at the prestigious tournament in 2014, with the team finishing the process in third position. The New Zealand club did well to make it to the semis of the FIFA Club World Cup, but Argentine side San Lorenzo eventually proved to be a big catch for the Navy Blues.
Auckland City footballers wear navy blue jerseys when playing at home, whilst their away kit is white. Kiwitea Street is the club’s home ground and the capacity of the stadium is 3.500. A number of European footballers played for Auckland City in the past and Spanish winger Albert Riera is currently part of the Kiwitea Street outfit.