Chelsea are hoping to be crowned World Champions for the first time in their history on Saturday afternoon as they take on Brazilian side Palmeiras at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The Blues have made it to the final once before, but fell to a 0-1 defeat to Corinthians in Japan back in 2012.
Thomas Tuchel’s men have lost just one of their last 16 matches in all competitions and secured their place in the final by beating Al-Hilal 1-0 on Wednesday.
Awaiting the Londoners on Saturday afternoon will be Brazil’s Palmeiras, who have won the Copa Libertadores in each of the last two years but haven’t won an intercontinental competition since the Copa Rio back in 1951.
Verdao are in fine form at the moment, with no defeats in their last ten and six clean sheets in their last seven games. Their semi-final yielded a comfortable 2-0 victory over Al-Ahly.
Three of the last four Club World Cup Finals have finished 1-0 after 90 minutes. The Blues hard-nosed backline should have enough quality to keep out the likes of Dudu and Ronny and secure a win with a 14th clean sheet of the season in the process.
Chelsea have scored before half-time in three of their last five games, but only conceded before half-time once. In fact, seven of the Blues’ last ten goals have been scored before the break, so expect them to take the lead in the first 45 minutes here and hold on til full-time to lift the trophy.