La Liga champions Real Madrid are all set to play Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the FIFA Club World Cup semifinal on Wednesday night.
The winner of this game will battle it out against Al Hilal on Saturday night after they beat 10-man Flamengo 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Al Ahly beat Auckland City and Seattle Sounders in the previous two rounds to book a semi spot for the third consecutive year.
They sit six points clear at the top of the Egyptian Premier League table, have now extended their unbeaten run across all competitions to 23 matches.
Al Ahly are taking part at the Club World Cup for the eighth time and no other club in the competition’s history have played more games (20) than them.
Al Ahly have a decent record in the Club World Cup, securing third place three times, in 2006, 2020 and 2021.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid are coming off a shock 1-0 defeat to Mallorca in the Spanish top flight and are 2nd on the log, 8 points behind Barcelona.
Madrid have won the competition four times and interestingly, they have won the title every time they have made it to the final.
Real Madrid, the reigning Champions League winners, will be regarded as strong favourites to go all the way and claim a fifth world title this year.
Can the Egyptians pull off an upset and keep the Spanish giants from progressing to Saturday’s final?
What time does Al Ahly vs Real Madrid start?
The game kicks off at 10pm Kenyan time at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.
Al Ahly vs Real Madrid team news
Top players Mostafa Shobeir, Karim Fouad and Akram Tawfik are all absent for Al Ahly as they recover from injuries.
Ahmed Abdel Kader, Hussein El Shahat and Mohamed Sherif all pushing to start as the Egyptians look to field their strongest XI in this titanic clash.
As for Madrid, they will continue to do without the services of talisman Karim Benzema who is injured as well as Eder Militao.
Marco Asensio played well over the weekend and will keep his starting role in support of Vinicius Junior in the final third.
Luka Modric is pushing for a recall into the starting XI and is likely to start alongside Aurelien Tchouameni and Toni Kroos in midfield.
Al Ahly vs Real Madrid head to head
This will be the first ever competitive match played between these two sides.
Al Ahly vs Real Madrid current form
The Egyptian outfit has only dropped points once in their last 5 games, a barren draw against Al Masry, winning all the remaining 4 games.
Madrid on the other hand, lost to Mallorca in their last game and played out to a barren draw against Sociedad, winning the remaining 3 games.
Al Ahly vs Real Madrid prediction
With a spot in the final at stake, both teams are tipped to attack heavily from the onset and this guarantees at least a goal each for either side.
Though, Madrid boast more experience and squad depth to register a win on the night.