Our prediction for this FIFA Club World Cup match:
Bronze medal at the FIFA Club World Cup will be at stake when Urawa Reds and Al Ahly square off against each other at Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium on Friday afternoon. Urawa failed to upset star-studded Man City in the semis, but they are surely capable of making life difficult for the Egyptians. Ken Iwao limped off with injury in the defeat to Pep Guardiola’s troops, with Kai Shibato likely to step up.
Al Ahly, on the other hand, aim to recover from a 2-0 loss to Fluminense. As Marcel Koller’s men will adopt an attack-oriented approach in the third-place playoffs as well, we are tempted to put our money on both teams to score. As for the nominal visitors, midfielder Ahmed Kouka has been struggling with injury of late. It has to be noted the two clubs meet for the first time ever in a competitive match.