Raja Casablanca - Atletico Mineiro Betting Preview: Frustrating evening in store for Ronaldinho & Co.

The Brazilian stars are bound to be welcomed by a packed crowd in Marrakech and our tipster expects them to struggle to find their rhythm against a tenacious Moroccan team
Club World Cup hosts Raja Casablanca will be hoping to pull off a shock win when they welcome South American champions Atletico Mineiro to the Stade de Marrakech for Wednesday’s semi-final.

The Moroccan champions overcame New Zealand’s Auckland City and Mexico’s Monterrey to reach this stage, where they are 6/1 (7.00) outsiders with Coral to come out on top.

Having secured their first ever Copa Libertadores trophy earlier this year with a penalty shootout victory over Paraguay’s Olimpia, Galo are available at 2/5 (1.40) to become the third successive Brazilian team to make it through to the final in this competition.

Faouzi Benzarti’s men required extra-time to overcome their North American opponents in the quarter-finals and you can get odds of 10/3 (4.33) on them holding their opponents to a draw after 90 minutes once again here.

The Green Eagles benefited from some vociferous support from sellout home crowds in securing their previous two wins in this competition and there is unlikely to be an empty seat in the house when Ronaldinho and his team-mates take to the field in Marrakech.

This home advantage could well be instrumental when they take on a side that have won only two of their last competitive 24 games on the road, scoring just 13 goals in the process.

Considering the hosts have conceded just 10 goals in their last 15 games, Cuca’s men are unlikely to run away with the match despite their array of stars and even odds (2.00) seem to offer exceptional value on under 2.5 goals being scored.

That bet would have paid out in 16 of Raja’s last 20 fixtures, as well as 17 of Atletico’s last 21 away from home, so is surely far too good to miss at that price when they go head-to-head in a tense semi-final.
Under 2.5 goals for a 1.5pt stake at Evens (2.00) with Coral

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