Monterrey (Mexico) vs Liverpool (England) – Prediction (FIFA Club World Cup – 18.12.2019)

Preview and Teams Comparison.

Fifty-five years after their previous meeting with Liverpool, Monterrey are again huge underdogs in the chase for a place in the FIFA Club World Cup Final. Recent results may offer some encouragement though, as the Mexicans are unbeaten in 13 competitive matches (W10, D3). They have found the net in all 13, averaging 2.54 goals per match. Overcoming Al-Sadd 3-2 in the quarter-finals, it was their fourth competitive match of the last five in which both teams scored. Another pattern also held, as there was handed out six yellow cards – the fifth straight competitive match involving Monterrey to feature at least four yellows.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have gone unbeaten in 19 matches and won 17 (including one penalty win) since their last defeat. They have scored at least two goals in 16 of those. They face Monterrey having won five in a row, and kept a cleansheet in the three most recent. However, preceding those three was a stretch of 13 straight matches where both teams scored. The FIFA Club World Trophy is the only trophy Liverpool have never won, so motivation should be high. We can expect action from the go, as 64.71% of the goals in Liverpool’s last five competitive matches have been scored in the first half.

Players to watch: Rogelio Funes (MON) has scored in five straight competitive matches (seven goals in total) and scored the last goal of the match in four of those. Mohamed Salah (LIV) has returned to fitness and form just in time. The Egyptian has four goals in his last three starts, netting three of those after the break.

Stat attack: Monterrey’s last five matches have featured six goals scored before the 25th minute. Four of Monterrey’s last five matches have seen goals scored in both halves. Liverpool have scored precisely two goals in seven of their last 12 matches (58.3

Match Info and Live Scores.

Competition: FIFA Club World Cup.
Kick off: 18.12.2019, 17:30 UTC.
Venue: Khalifa International Stadium (Doha).

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