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FIFA Club World Cup

  • December 22, 2013
  • • 03:30
  • • Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech
  • Referee: Sandro Meira Ricci
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Bayern Munich - Raja Casablanca Preview: Bavarians face home favourites in Club World Cup final

Bayern Munich - Raja Casablanca Preview: Bavarians face home favourites in Club World Cup final

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After sweeping aside Guangzhou Evergrande, the European champions face Moroccan hosts and Atletico Mineiro-conquerors in the showpiece clash

German giants Bayern Munich will meet Morocco's Raja Casablanca in the Club World Cup final at the Stade de Marrakech on Saturday.

The Bavarians advanced to the final after a comfortable 3-0 win over AFC Champions League winners Guangzhou Evergrande.

Goals to attacking trio Franck Ribery, Mario Gotze and Mario Mandzukic in a seven-minute period either side of half-time got the job done for Pep Guardiola's side.

The Bundesliga leaders possess a wealth of talent in attack and can also call on the likes of Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos to provide a threat up forward.

Bayern entered the tournament at the semi-final stage as their reward for winning the Champions League during the 2012-2013 campaign.

Casablanca's path to the final has not been as straight forward with the Moroccan league champions gaining entry to the tournament as hosts and had to win two more knockout games than Bayern to qualify for the final.

The Moroccans snuck past New Zealand's Auckland City 2-1 in the play-off for the quarter-final before overcoming Mexico's Monterrey 2-1 in extra-time to set up a semi-final against Atletico Mineiro.

Favoured to be beaten by Mineiro - the Copa Libertadores champions featuring Ronaldinho - Casablanca scored two late goals to clinch a 3-1 victory and earn a place in the final.

Striker Mouhcine Iajour has netted twice in the tournament already and Bayern will have to wary of his prowess in the penalty area.

It is only the second time in the 10 editions of the tournament that the final has featured a team from outside Europe or South America.

If Bayern triumph in their first appearance at the tournament, it will be the sixth time a European side has lifted the trophy and only another huge upset could deny Guardiola's men.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Bayern München

Raja Casablanca

Wins
1
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
Draw
Raja Club Athletic de Casablanca RCA
Raja Club Athletic de Casablanca Raja Casablanca
74%
24%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
4 - 0
Raja Club Athletic de Casablanca RCA
FC Bayern München BAY
3 - 0
Raja Club Athletic de Casablanca RCA
FC Bayern München BAY
3 - 1
Raja Club Athletic de Casablanca RCA

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