FIFA Club World Cup 2019 2nd Round – Monterrey vs Al-Sadd Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Monterrey vs Al-Sadd kick off? Saturday, December 14th (17:30 UK / 20:30 local)

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

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

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

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

THE TEAM NEWS

MONTERREY

  • Monterrey will begin their Club World Cup campaign with a game against Al-Sadd and the Mexican outfit will fancy their chances due to their long-running unbeaten record heading into this contest.
  • They have not tasted defeat in any of their last nine in Liga MX and that run stands at 13 in all competitions which will stand them in good stead ahead of what they hope will be a successful competition for them.
  • The Mexican side will be without long-term absentee Aviles Hurtado while Celso Ortiz and Vincent Janssen are also carrying knocks after the pair were replaced in Monterrey’s last league match.

AL-SADD

  • Al-Sadd came through their opening match at the FIFA Club World Cup but they needed extra-time in order to progress to the 2nd Round after they were initially held to a draw in normal time against Hienghene Sport.
  • Baghdad Bounedjah opened the scoring but they were pegged back soon after the break and with no further goals forthcoming, two in extra time from Abdelkarim and Pedro Miguel sealed their progression.
  • The Qatari hosts may have to tinker with the side that started the game against Hienghene after they were forced to make a change in the opening half-hour due to Abdulaziz Al Ansari needing to be replaced.

THE PREDICTION

Al-Sadd secured their place in the 2nd Round with an extra-time victory over Hienghene Sport but will face a much tougher contest as they face Mexican side Monterrey. Al-Sadd will hope home advantage can play some part for them but Monterrey are on a long unbeaten run and even if they are missing first-choice striker Vincent Janssen, the Mexican outfit should be too strong for the Qataris.

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