Ah Ahly and Palmeiras look to end their World Club Cup campaign on a high this Thursday afternoon for a spot in third place. The match schedules at the Education City Stadium with kickoff at 6 pm.
Ah, Ahly lost out to Bayern Munich in the semi-finals while Palmeiras suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Mexican side Tigres.
Palmeiras were seen as the favorites to give Bayern Munich a run for their money in the World Club Cup finals. This is mostly coming after their success in the Copa Libertadores last month.
However, a second-half penalty converted by Andre-Pierre Gignac earned the Tigres a famous 1-0 win on Monday. The loss ended Palmeira’s hopes of lifting the trophy on their first appearance in the competition.
Even though a loss to the Mexican outfit does not take away their previous triumphs, it becomes upset. Abel Ferreira must find a way to lift the group of players, the whose only win in six matches is their victory Santos in the Copa Libertadores final.
Despite conceding twice against Bayern Munich, Al Ahly have nine clean sheets from their 12 last encounters in all competitions. Pitso Mosimane would have pleased the team’s performance against the Champions League winners.
Ah Ahly has only one defeat in six attempts, a streak that happened back in 2006 when they got the better of Club America.
Ah Ahly vs. Palmerias Head to Head
Both sides will be meeting for the first time against each other at this point of the competition. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Ah Ahly 0-2 Bayern Munich
Al Duhail 0-1 Al Ahly
Pyramids FC 0-0 Al Ahly
Ah Ahly 3-2 Al-Mokawloon
NBE 0-0 Al Ahly
Palmeiras 0-1 Tigres UANL
Palmeiras 1-1 Batafogo
Ceara SC 2-1 Palmeiras
Palmeiras 1-0 Santos
Palmeiras 1-1 Vasco da Gama
Ah Ahly Team News
After getting withdrawn ahead of their clash with Bayern Munich, Ali Maaloul will miss out on Thursday’s clash. Yasser Ibrahim is likely to assume his role in the starting XI. Palmeiras Team News
Ferreira is more likely to rotate the starting XI ahead of this clash. It also includes changes for Felipe Melo and Patrick de Paula. Mayke is more likely to get a spot at right-back in place of Marcos Rocha.
Prediction and Odds
It is a difficult match to make out, especially with the unpredictable lineup for both teams this Thursday.
Ah Ahly Win
Both Teams to Score
Most Goals: 2H