Pep Guardiola is determined to collect his third Club World Cup medal this winter and our tipster expects his team to prove their class against Chinese opponents in AgadirBayern Munich will be looking for their fifth title of 2013 when they travel to Morocco to take on Guangzhou Evergrande in the Club World Cup semi-final on Tuesday.
Having lifted the Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal already this year, die Roten are clear 1/8 (1.13) favourites with Paddy Power to make it to another final with victory at the Stade d’Agadir.
The Chinese and Asian champions overcame African champions Al Ahly in Saturday’s quarter-final and are available at a lengthy 14/1 (15.00) to become the first ever team from their continent to reach the final in this competition.
Marcelo Lippi’s men won the Asian Champions League on away goals after recording two draws in the two-legged final against FC Seoul and you can get odds of 15/2 (8.50) on them holding their opponents to a stalemate within 90 minutes this evening.
While this tournament is not always held in the highest esteem by its European participants, Pep Guardiola has left nobody in any doubt that he is determined to collect the title that he won twice while in charge of Barcelona.
In fact, the Catalan criticised his players for already having one eye on their upcoming match in north Africa after Saturday’s league game against Hamburg, a match they still won 3-1 to maintain their unbeaten start to the Bundesliga campaign and extend their domestic winning streak to eight successive matches.
This intense winning mentality will ensure the Germans show their opponents no mercy in their unrelenting hunt for silverware, while the location for this year’s competition should rule out the concerns over jetlag or climate that have plagued European teams in previous editions.
While the Southern China Dragons should not be underestimated after losing just four competitive games all year under the expert stewardship of their veteran Italian coach, their recent friendly results against European opponents paint a bleak picture of the gulf in quality that still exists between the two continents.
Having lost against modest eastern European opponents FC Krasnodar and Rapid Bucharest this year, it is difficult to see Guangzhou posing too many problems to a team of continental champions that have scored 64 goals and conceded just 15 in 24 competitive games this season, meaning odds of 10/11 (1.91) are surely too good to pass up on Bayern winning by at least three goals.
|Bayern (-2) to win for a 2pt stake at 10/11 (1.91) with Paddy Power
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