Manchester City vs Fluminense The champions of Europe and South America will meet in Jeddah on Friday for the 20th FIFA Club World Cup final, the last under the current format. Manchester City vs. Fluminense will take place at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium to decide which club from which continent can be called the king of football next year.

City have started the season poorly in the Premier League with just one win in their last six games. So while Copa Libertadores winners Brazil defeated Egypt’s Al Ahly, their victory over Urawa Reds was a welcome return to form. Victory here would make City only the fourth English club to do so, after Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, although Guardiola himself has won the title three times, a feat only matched by Carlo Ancelotti. Only.

Catalan tactician Fernando Diniz is also acting as Brazil’s interim manager, aiming to emulate Corinthians’ success in 2012, when they last won the Club World Cup outside Europe.

How to watch and odds: Manchester City vs Fluminense

  1. Date: Friday, Dec. 22 | Time: 1 p.m. ET
  2. Location: King Abdullah Sports City — Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  3. Live stream: FIFA+
  4. Odds: Manchester City -400; Draw: +450; Fluminense +850

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Manchester City vs Fluminense

Team News: Manchester City vs Fluminense


Manchester City: Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne and Jeremy Doku are all back in training, but Club World Cup regulations mean only the same 23 players from the semi-final squad will feature. Therefore, they are ineligible to participate in Friday’s final. allowed to appear.

Ruben Dias and Josko Gvardiol will want to form the defense in front of Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson, while Mateo Kovacic and Mateus Nunez will be in the spotlight in the semi-finals and hope to line up alongside Rodri. I’ll be there. Nunez replaces Julian Alvarez, with Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden moving into advanced midfield positions, with Jack Grealish likely to be left out on the left.

Manchester City Potential XI: Ederson. Walker, Stones, Diaz, Gvardiol. Rodri, Kovacic. Bernardo, Foden, Grealish. Alvarez.

Fluminense: Dinis is likely to join the team that beat Al Ahly with 43-year-old Fabio between the posts, making history as the oldest player to play in a Club World Cup final. It will be. At 40 years old, Felipe Melo could be the oldest outfielder in the final, while former Real Madrid player Marcelo is also not a spring chicken and will be the fifth player in the Club World Cup final after six-year-old Toni Kroos.

He is the second player to participate in the tournament. Andre has been linked with a move to the Premier League and is expected to partner Matheus Martinelli in the engine room, while prolific German Cano will need Arias, Ganso and Kino to support him in attack. There is.

Fluminense 11th candidate: Fabio. Xavier, Nino, Melo, Marcelo. Martinelli, Andre. Arias, Ganso, Kino. Kano.

Prediction


It should be pretty close, but City should be strong enough to see off Fluminense and win the latest title. Success for the non-Europeans will give them a fitting farewell to the tournament ahead of next year’s format change, but it will have to be the defending European champions who end the tournament with a win. Selection: Manchester City 2, Fluminense 1