FIFA Club World Cup 2019 1st Round – Al-Sadd vs Hienghene Sport Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Al-Sadd vs Hienghene Sport kick off? Wednesday, December 11th (17:30 UK / 20:30 local)

Where is Al-Sadd vs Hienghene Sport being played? Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha

What TV channel is Al-Sadd vs Hienghene Sport on? Al-Sadd vs Hienghene Sport will be televised live on BBC iPlayer / BBC Sport Website

Where can I stream Al-Sadd vs Hienghene Sport? Al-Sadd vs Hienghene Sport will be streamed live on BBC iPlayer / BBC Sport Website

Where can I get tickets for Al-Sadd vs Hienghene Sport? Ticket details can be found here!

THE TEAM NEWS

AL-SADD

  • The 2019 FIFA Club World Cup kicks off with Al-Sadd facing off against Hienghene Sport and the Qatari outfit qualified for the tournament as both hosts and winners of the Qatar Stars League last season.
  • The Qatari champions possess former 36-year-old Atletico central midfielder Gabi in their ranks and he is the leader of the side in the middle of the park, partnered by South Korean international Jung Woo-young who is just as vital in midfield.
  • Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah is the man to look out for having scored a stunning 39 goals in 22 league matches last season while he has already scored nine goals in seven league games this season so he will be their main goal threat.

HIENGHENE SPORT

  • New Caledonian club Hienghene Sport won the OFC Champions League to qualify for this competition and thus become the first club from the county, and just the second Oceania team not from Australia or New Zealand, to qualify for this prestigious tournament.
  • Unlike Al-Sadd who have three foreign players, Hienghene Sport have a squad entirely made up of local players and this is clearly the biggest match of all of their careers as they try to spring a major surprise.
  • The defence was arguably the strongest part of their team in that OFC Champions League campaign as they only conceded two goals across the six games that they played, but that will be severely tested in this opening first round game.

THE PREDICTION

There is just one match in the first round of the FIFA Club World Cup as Qatar side Al-Sadd face off against OFC Champions League winners Hienghene Sport from New Caledonia. The minnows from Oceania have a tough assignment here as their squad made up of local players will play the biggest game of their careers. While Al-Sadd are not expected to go too far in this tournament, they still possess much more quality than their opponents and with the goal threat in their team, they should be capable of unlocking the Hienghene defence several times.

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