FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP: URAWA VS MANCHESTER CITY LIVE PREVIEW

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A spot in the FIFA Club World Cup final is up for grabs as Manchester City plays Urawa Red Diamonds on Tuesday.
In the weeks leading up to their FIFA Club World Cup semifinal matchup against Urawa Red Diamonds, Manchester City has only won three of their previous six games in all competitions.

To prevail here away from home, the Premier League winners will have to get better. Urawa Red Diamonds, however, enter this match fresh off a FIFA Club World Cup second-round triumph over Club Leon. They will now try to defeat the treble winners and defy the odds.

The Japanese team has lost three of its last six games in all competitions, indicating that they have not been playing at their best lately. To give Manchester City any trouble here, they will have to step up and provide a strong performance. In advance of the most recent meeting between the two parties, The Hard Tackle examines the interaction in greater detail.

News & Strategies for the Team
Red Diamonds of Urawa
Takahiro Akimoto, Takahiro Sekine, and Tomoaki Okubo will not be available for Maciej Skorza’s side against Manchester City in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final. When they played Club Leon on Friday, all three players sustained injuries.

Shusaku Nishikawa will likely start in goal for the Japanese team in a 4-2-3-1 system.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Nishikawa; Sakai, Scholz, Hoibraten, Ogiwara; Iwao, Ito; Schalk, Yasui, Koizumi; Kante

Manchester City
Kevin De Bruyne will not be available for the Premier League winners until the end of the month due to a thigh ailment. Since Jeremy Doku has a muscle ailment, it is doubtful that he will be put in danger.

Erling Haaland is still recovering from an ankle injury, but he should be back in action by the end of the month. Stefan Ortega might start this game for Manchester City, who are expected to vary their lineup.

As the starting full-backs, Rico Lewis and Sergio Gomez will try to provide support on both ends of the field. The Champions League winners’ center defenders will probably be John Stones and Manuel Akanji.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1): Ortega; Lewis, Stones, Akanji, Gomez; Nunes, Kovacic; Bobb, Silva, Grealish; Alvarez

Prediction

Urawa Red Diamonds 0-2 Manchester City

The Premier League champions are definitely the favourites heading into this contest regardless of whether they decide to rotate their squad. The gulf in class between the two teams is immense, and Urawa Red Diamonds will struggle with some of their regular defenders. Manchester City should be able to pick up a comfortable 3-0 victory to reach the FIFA Club World Cup final.

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