Real Madrid vs Al Ain: TV channel, live stream, squad news & Club World Cup final preview

Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2018-19
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The Spanish giants are aiming to secure their third successive global title, but must overcome the United Arab Emirates outfit

Real Madrid can become the most successful side in the history of the Club World Cup when they face off against Al Ain in the 2018 final.

The Liga giants are the reigning champions and are aiming for their third title in as many years, which would bring their overall tally to four, nudging them ahead of rivals Barcelona.

Santiago Solari's men booked their place in the final after beating Japanese side Kashima Antlers 3-1 in the semi-final.

Al Ain, meanwhile, had to progress through three rounds to set up the meeting with Madrid, securing their place in the final thanks to a penalty shootout win over River Plate.

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Game Real Madrid vs Al Ain
Date Saturday, December 22
Time 4:30pm GMT / 11:30am ET
Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial)

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch

In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).

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US TV channel Online stream
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The game is not being shown live on TV in the United Kingdom, nor is it being streamed live online. However, you can follow live updates right here on Goal.

UK TV channel Online stream

Squads & Team News

Position Real Madrid squad
Goalkeepers Navas, Casilla, Courtois
Defenders Carvajal, Vallejo, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola, Reguilon, Javi Sánchez
Midfielders Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, M. Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Ceballos
Forwards Mariano, Benzema, Bale, Vazquez, Vinicius Jr

Real Madrid have a near-full squad to choose from but will be without Marco Asensio, as the midfielder recovers from a thigh injury that could sideline him for a month.

Mariano Diaz is the other injury concern for Solari.

Confirmed Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Llorente, Kroos, Modric; Bale, Vazquez, Benzema.

Position Al Ain squad
Goalkeepers Busanda, Al-Mansouri, Eisa
Defenders I. Ahmed, Fayez, Salem, M. Ahmed, Jumaa, Shiotani
Midfielders Doumbia, A. Abdulrahman, Caio, Al-Ahbabi, Barman, M. Abdulrahman, Diaky, Nasser, Khalfan, Yaslam, El Shahat, Nader
Forwards Berg, Ibrahim

Al Ain are expected to have a full panel available for the game against Madrid, with no fresh injuries reported ahead of the encounter.

Confirmed Al Ain starting XI: Eisa; M. Ahmed, Fayez, I. Ahmed, Shiotani; Yaslem, Doumbia, M. Abdulrahman; Caio, El Shahat, Berg.

Betting & Match Odds

Real Madrid are strong favourites to win the match, with bet365 giving odds of 1/7 on Los Blancos. Al Ain's chances of winning are way out at 16/1 and a draw is available at 15/2.

Click here to see all of bet 365's offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.

Match Preview

Santiago Solari Real Madrid 2018-19

Since taking the reins from Julen Lopetegui at the end of October, Solari has managed to soothe concerns at Real Madrid and could close the book on 2018 with a trophy.

A Club World Cup triumph, which would cement Madrid's status as the most successful club in the history of the competition, would send the Liga giants into the new year on a high.

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Solari was delighted with the manner in which his players booked their place in the final and expects them to continue in the same vein on Saturday.

"We played as if it was the final," said the Madrid boss in the aftermath of their semi-final win over Kashima Antlers.

"And I am sure that on Saturday we will do the same or better because it is the real final and we want to finish the year with another prize that would be a third consecutive Club World Cup."