Gremio v Pachuca: South Americans to reach final in defensive affair

Two Latin American sides meet in the first semi-final of the Club World Cup in what could be an entertaining affair on Tuesday evening.

Gremio are on a high after claiming their third Copa Libertadores title two weeks ago with a 3-1 aggregate win over Argentine side Lanus, and the South American champions arrive in the United Arab Emirates full of confidence.

The Brazilians are missing their midfield lynchpin Arthur, who picked up an injury against Lanus, although they remain an imposing prospect for their Mexican opponents.

Readers in the UK can watch this semi-final, as well as all the other matches in the Club World Cup, live on Goal’s Facebook page.

In contrast to Gremio, Pachuca claimed their continental back in April when they defeated fellow Mexicans Tigres in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League, yet their form since then have been far from impressive.

The side finished the Mexican Apertura in twelfth place following two wins in their final 12 league games, and in the quarter finals of this tournament they needed extra time to overcome Wyad Casablanca by a 1-0 scoreline.

Indeed, the Mexicans’ underwhelming showing in the previous round gives us little reason to believe that they can cause an upset on Tuesday and dabblebet price them as clear outsiders at 9/2 (5.50). Gremio, for their part, are available at 8/13 (1.62), with the draw in 90 minutes offered at 5/2 (3.50).

The Brazilians are, on paper, a superior outfit and we expect them to triumph – although opposing a high scoring victory for them makes sense.

Gremio to win and under 3.5 goals in the match is available at 11/10 (2.10) and this selection has paid out in eight of their last nine victories in all competitions, including both legs of the Copa Libertadores final.

Each of the last four semi-final matches in the Club World Cup have seen under 3.5 goals, and this selection seems like a smart way to back the Brazilians to claim their spot in the final.

Gremio to win and under 3.5 goals at 11/10 (2.10) for a 2pt stake with dabblebet

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