Kashima Antlers became the first team from Asia to reach the finals of the Club World Cup as they cruised past Colombian side Atletico Nacional with a 3-0 win in the semifinals. On paper, this is a great mismatch with the kind of players Real Madrid have at their disposal. But the defending Japanese Champions are already aiming for another shocking result.
Real Madrid totally dominated Club America from Mexico in their semifinal tie. The match finished 2-0 at the final whistle, but it could have been much more comfortable if the Blancos players were sharper in front of the goal. The Portugal ace Cristiano Ronaldo could have had a hat-trick and more. Nonetheless he got on the score sheet after wasting a number of chances in the dying minutes of the match.
The teams from Europe had dominated this competition in recent years. And eight out of the last nine editions were won by representatives from UEFA. The only exception in the past is when Brazilian side Corinthians edged past Chelsea by a 1-0 score-line to win the title in 2012.
Real Madrid vs Kashima Antlers: Head-to-head
There are no previous meetings between the two sides.
Real Madrid vs Kashima Antlers: Prediction
This will be a straight forward win for Real Madrid with the firepower they have in their attacking front. However, we have seen that Kashima Antlers are not a side who is shy to get on to the front foot. They do have some skillful players on their own, but lack the experience playing at this level. Real Madrid to win this tie is priced at lower odds of 1.14, but we believe the better option is a handicap of -2 goals to start with, which is offered at an excellent odds of 2.00.
At the same time, the Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is a player who usually gets at the end of things in important matches. He scored in the last two Champions League finals and most importantly the equalizer in the most recent El Clasico. He is the pick of our players to score anytime during this match. But make sure if Zidane decides to give him a start here.