Los Blancos will look to see out in the year by lifting their fourth trophy, having already claimed the Copa Del Rey, the Champions League and the Uefa Super Cup and naturally they are favourites to taste more success.
Their opponents in the final of the Club World Cup are South American champions San Lorenzo, a powerhouse of Argentine football yet, on paper at least, a team that look unlikely to cause Madrid many problems.
Certainly the way that San Lorenzo sat back and invited Auckland City to attack them in the semi-finals will have caused little concern in the Madrid camp and it seems the only team capable of stopping los Blancos is Madrid themselves.
Ancelotti will have to guard against the twin threats of complacency and fatigue after a hectic year for the majority of his side, yet his squad is seemingly large enough and experienced enough to ward them both off.
Madrid have shown little signs of slowing down over the course of their 21-match winning run and barring a major surprise another triumph beckons, with Paddy Power pricing them at 1/7 (1.14) to win in 90 minutes.
San Lorenzo, for their part, will have likely drifted slightly after their inauspicious showing against Auckland and are offered at 20/1 (21.00) while the draw can be backed at 6/1 (7.00).
Indeed, these are the kind of odds that we are used to seeing when face Madrid La Liga minnows at the Bernabeu rather than against the winners of the Copa Libertadores, but such is the power of the European champions that it is impossible to back against them recording another comfortable win.
Madrid to beat San Lorenzo with a -2 handicap is offered at 11/10 (2.10) and this looks as good a bet as there is in the market. During Madrid's historic run of 21 successive wins, this selection has paid out 15 times, making it an unmissable option at the price offered as they look to seal yet another piece of silverware.
|Real Madrid to win with a -2 handicap (European) at 11/10 (2.10) for a 2.5pt stake with Paddy Power
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