Our prediction for this FIFA Club World Cup match:
Sheikh Zayed Sports City will host Saturday’s football match between Pachuca and Wydad Casablanca, who face each other in the FIFA Club World Cup quarter-finals. The Mexican side did well to win the CONCACAF Champions League earlier in 2017, with the team beating Tigres UANL in the title game and they are now on a quest to record a good result at the prestigious club tournament in UAE. Pachuca, though, have been playing above expectations in Liga MX this season and we are not tempted to put our money on Diego Alonso’s troops. Wydad Casablanca are ready for their FIFA Club World Cup debut and we predict the Moroccans are going to leave their hearts on the field. Lhoussaine Ammouta’s men have been in a fine form of late; they are on a three-game winning run in the national championship and, taking everything into account, we believe that the match will go into extra time.
Highlighted Player (Keisuke Honda):
Keisuke Honda is considered one of the most famous Japanese footballers. Honda was born in Settsu, Osaka on June 13, 1986 and he started his youth career at his hometown club Settsu FC. In 2004 he signed a professional contract with Nagoya Grampus and he played for the J1-League club from 2004 to 2007.
The left-footed midfielder then moved to Europe, signing a deal with VVV-Venlo on January 16, 2008 and it has to be noted that he scored 24 goals in 68 league appearances for the Dutch outfit. In the winter of 2009 Keisuke Honda joined Russian club CSKA Moscow for an undisclosed fee. The Japanese footballer quickly established himself as CSKA’s key player and in 2013 he won the Russian Premier League title with the Armeitsy.
Nowadays, the Japan international plays for Mexican side Pachuca. As for his international career, Honda made his Japan debut on June 22, 2008. Honda is well known for his accurate and powerful shot and he often scores from free-kicks.
Highlighted Team (Wydad Casablanca):
Wydad Casablanca are considered the most successful Moroccan football club. The Kings of Titles won their 19th domestic trophy in the 2016/2017 season and they have nine Moroccan Cup titles as well. Wydad Casablanca did well to lift their first ever CAF Champions League trophy in 1992, with the team beating Al-Hilal Club in the final of the competition.
25 years the Moroccan outfit repeated the success as they defeated Al-Ahly in the two-legged tie. Wydad Casablanca are well known for their red jerseys and the colour of the club’s away kit is white. The Kings of Titles host their rivals at Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca and the capacity of the venue is 67.000.
Wydad Casablanca were founded back in 1937 and in 1948 they won their first league trophy. Fabrice Ondama, Vasili Postnov, Pascal Angan, Kalilou Traore, Malick Evouna, Mourtada Fall, Ibrahima Toure, Moussa Ndao, Bakare Kone, Emerson Nogueira and Mahamadou are the most notable foreign footballers who played for the club.