Monterrey vs Liverpool betting tips: Club World Cup semi-final match preview & predictions

Monterrey vs Liverpool prediction: Monterrey 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool’s quest for more silverware begins here.

Monterrey are the first club in their way and the Mexican side will fancy their chances of a massive upset.

Who will book their place in Saturday’s final at Khalifa International Stadium?

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Monterrey vs Liverpool: Who will win?

Monterrey are huge underdogs to win this at 8/1.

Liverpool meanwhile are 2/7 to win in 90 minutes.

A draw, which would force extra time is 4/1.

Either team to win on penalties is 11/1.

Over 2.5 goals is 4/9.

Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals is 8/13.

The Reds are 1/9 to qualify; Rayados are 5/1 to make the final.

Liverpool are 4/11 to win the trophy outright; Monterrey are 18/1 to go all the way.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Sadio Mané of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the equalising goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United at Anfield on September 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Vincent Janssen will lead the line for the Mexican club. The Dutch international is 10/1 to open the scoring and 3/1 to score anytime.

Rogelio Funes Mori will also be a threat. He is 9/1 to score first and 14/5 to net anytime.

Sadio Mané is Liverpool’s top scorer this season. He is 3/1 to break the deadlock and 5/6 to add to his impressive tally.

Mohamed Salah will also be a man to watch. The Egyptian is 14/5 to score first and 3/4 to get his tenth of the season.

Both Dorlan Pabón and Rogelio Funes Mori to score is 30/1.

Both Jesús Gallardo and Rodolfo Pizarro to score is 100/1.

Both Mané and Salah to score is 5/2.

Both Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino to score is 14/1.

Monterrey vs Liverpool: Match preview

DOHA, QATAR – DECEMBER 07: Official FIFA Club World Cup Qatar ball sits on December 07, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by David Ramos – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Can Monterrey cause Liverpool problems?

The Mexican side have been the dominant in North and Central America this decade so get another crack at this competition.

Earlier this year, wins over Alianza, Atlanta United and Sporting Kansas City saw them reach the CONCACAF Champions League Final.

There, back in May, they met Mexican rivals Tigres UNAL.

Monterrey won the first leg 1-0 at El Volcán; Nicolás Sánchez with the vital goal.

Sánchez was then on target eight days later in the second leg as they drew 1-1 at Estadio BBVA to claim the trophy.

That was the fourth time they have won CONCACAF Champions League, all of which have come since 2011.

They are now eyeing up even more silverware.

This season, they finished eighth in the Liga MX Torneo Apertura, thereby scrapping into the Liguilla play-offs.

However, they have not let their lowly ranking hold them back.

Antonio Mohamed’s side dismissed Santos Laguna 6-3 in the quarter-finals before edging out Club Necaxa 3-1 over two legs in the semis.

That means they will face Club América in the final; the first leg is on Boxing Day with the return game three days later.

In those matches, Monterrey will be looking to win just their fifth title, either Apertura or Clausura.

But first, they have a chance to make history.

They entered this competition at the quarter-final stage where they met Al-Sadd on Saturday.

A rocket from Leonel Vangioni, a smart finish from Rogelio Funes Mori and then a clincher from Carlos Rodríguez saw them beat the Qatari side 3-2.

Can they become the first CONCACAF nation to reach a Club World Cup Final?

It certainly will not be easy.

Will Liverpool prove too strong?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 30: Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool celebrates scoring his teams second goal with team mate Trent Alexander-Arnold during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield on November 30, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

As for Liverpool, their season so far could hardly have gone any better.

Back on 1 June, they ended their seven-year trophy drought by winning the biggest one of all.

Salah and Origi struck as the Reds won the UEFA Champions League, beating Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid.

That was just the start.

They’ve already added the UEFA Super Cup and more trophies, namely the one they are desperate for more than any other, are likely to follow.

On Saturday, a brace from Mo Salah saw them defeat Watford 2-0 at Anfield in the Premier League.

That means they have a staggering 49 points out of a possible 52 and are ten points clear at the top.

Surely their now thirty-year wait for the top flight English title will finally come to an end.

Aside from that, they’ve also progressed through to the Champions League round of 16.

They could still win up to five trophies this season the next of which is here in Qatar.

In their illustrious history, Liverpool have won 61 major trophies, the most of any English club.

However, they have never won this competition in any of its forms.

They were beaten finalists in the Intercontinental Cup in 1981 and 1984, losing to Flamengo and Independiente respectively.

Then, in 2005, they beat Deportivo Saprissa before losing to São Paulo in their only previous appearance at the Club World Cup.

It may not be the biggest trophy the Reds can win this season but they’d still love to make history.

Can they set up a, potential, rematch 38 years on against Flamengo?

Monterrey team news vs Liverpool

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ZAPOPAN, MEXICO – APRIL 25: CONCACAF Champions League 2018 trophy is seen prior the second leg match of the final between Chivas and Toronto FC as part of CONCACAF Champions League 2018 at Akron Stadium on April 25, 2018 in Zapopan, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

After a thrilling 3-2 victory in the quarter-final on Saturday, Antonio Mohamed is likely to name an unchanged side from the one that beat Al-Sadd.

Marcelo Barovero will remain in goal; can the 35 year old add to his six career major honours?

In defence, César Montes and Nicolás Sánchez are a very settled centre-back pairing.

Despite being a centre-back, the latter has scored eight goals in 24 appearances this season including in both legs of the CONCACAF Champions League Final.

Like in the centre, Leonel Vangioni and Stefan Medina will continue at full-back, both chosen over former Watford man Miguel Layún.

In midfield, Carlos Alberto Rodríguez and Celso Ortiz will be looking to protect the defence.

Further forward, Dorlan Pabón will captain the side on the right.

Jesús Gallardo and Rodolfo Pizarro will make up the attacking trio.

The exciting Argentine winger Maximiliano Meza will be left on the bench.

He has struggled to adapt to life in Liga MX, scoring just two goals in 49 Monterrey appearances.

Vincent Janssen though will lead the line.

He has had a more successful spell in Mexico so far.

Since joining from Tottenham in July, the Dutch international has scored ten goals in 21 appearances.

Can he fire his club to an historic win at Khalifa International Stadium?

Liverpool team news vs Monterrey

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 04: Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 04, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

As for Liverpool, due to the jam-packed schedule, Jürgen Klopp has been rotating his squad all throughout December.

Thus, some players will be rested for this one but it is hard to predict exactly who.

Alisson will keep his place in goal looking to make it four clean sheets in a row despite having only kept five all season long.

In defence, Andy Robertson was rested on Saturday so, in all likelihood, will come back in at left-back here.

At centre-back, Joël Matip and Dejan Lovren are both currently injured so Joe Gomez will continue to be Virgil van Dijk’s partner.

Trent Alexander-Arnold will make up the back four.

In midfield, Georginio Wijnaldum hobbled off at the weekend so joins Fabinho in being injured.

Thus, captain Jordan Henderson will be asked to play the deeper midfield role.

Further forward, Adam Lallana and Naby Keïta will come into the team.

Likewise, in the front three, Mo Salah and Sadio Mané could be rested.

So, Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would come in to deputise, joining Roberto Firmino up top.

Xherdan Shaqiri is the other senior attacking option in the 23-man travelling squad.

Will this team simply prove too strong for Monterrey and book their place in Saturday’s final?

Predicted Monterrey line-up vs Liverpool

Predicted Monterrey line-up vs Liverpool

Predicted Monterrey line-up vs Liverpool.

Predicted Liverpool line-up vs Monterrey

Predicted Liverpool line-up vs Monterrey

Predicted Liverpool line-up vs Monterrey.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Premier League table:

1Liverpool FC27261064174779
2Manchester City27183668293957
3Leicester City27155754272750
4Chelsea FC2713594537844
5Manchester United27118841291241
6Tottenham Hotspur2711794436840
7Sheffield United27101072925440
8Wolverhampton Wanderers2791263832639
9Arsenal FC2781363936337
10Burnley FC27114123339-637
11Everton FC27106113641-536
12Southampton FC27104133448-1434
13Crystal Palace2789102432-833
14Newcastle United2787122441-1731
15Brighton & Hove Albion27610113239-728
16AFC Bournemouth2775152643-1726
17Aston Villa2774163452-1825
18West Ham United2766153248-1624
19Watford FC2759132443-1924
20Norwich City2746172451-2718
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Apertura Liga MX table:

1Club Santos Laguna18114340251537
2Club Leon1896338231533
3Tigres UANL1888226141232
4Queretaro FC1894531191231
6CF America1887332221031
7CA Monarcas Morelia188373126527
8CF Monterrey188372723427
9CF Pachuca187473226625
10Guadalajara Chivas187472828025
11Club Tijuana de Caliente187382636-1024
12Cruz Azul185852524123
13Pumas UNAM186572120123
14Atlas FC186391926-721
15Atletico San Luis1862102231-920
16FC Juarez1853101727-1018
17Deportivo Toluca FC184591626-1017
18Puebla FC184592031-1117
19Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz1815121145-348
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