Our football match prediction:
Thanks to Mu Kanazaki’s late goal Kashima Antlers defeated Melbourne City in their FIFA Club World Cup opener. The Japanese outfit set up a meeting with Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-finals of the competition and they are widely expected to make it to the semis. Kashima, though, can’t afford any complacency in Sunday’s football match and Masatada Ishii’s team will have to be at their sharpest if they are to eliminate Mamelodi in the quarter-finals. The Kabo Yellow did well to beat Zamalek in the 2016 CAF Champions League final, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the FIFA Club World Cup clash against Kashima Antlers. Both sides are eager to prove their worth in Sunday’s showdown and we predict that fans will see goals galore in this one. You should bear in mind that over 2.5 goals were scored in four of Mamelodi’s last five league fixtures.
Highlighted Team (Kashima):
Kashima Antlers are regarded as the most successful Japanese football club. Kashima founded back in 1947, but they won their first J-League title in 1996. Ten years later they clinched their eight domestic trophy, with the team finishing the first stage of the 2016 season one point clear of Kawasaki Frontale. As a result, the Antlers qualified for the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup. Kashima play their home matches at Kashima Soccer Stadium and the capacity of the venue is 40.728. The stadium was opened in May, 1993 and it 2002 the venue hosted three FIFA World Cup games (Argentina vs Nigeria, Germany vs Republic of Ireland and Italy vs Croatia). Kashima’s home colours are dark blue and red, while the team play their away games in white shirts and white shorts. Famous Brazilian player and a coach Zico was in charge of the club in 1999 and former Schalke full-back Atsuto Uchida is one of the most notable footballers who played for Kashima in the past.