Bayern Munich-Raja Casablanca Betting Preview: Resilient hosts to put up a fight in Marrakech

The Moroccans have surprised everyone with a string of robust performances in front of the home fans, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to make Guardiola’s men work for the trophy

Bayern Munich will be looking to lift their fourth trophy of 2013 when they take on Raja Casablanca in the FIFA Club World Cup final on Saturday.

The European champions eased to a 3-0 win over Guangzhou Evergrande in the semi-final and are overwhelming 1/14 (1.07) favourites with William Hill to be crowned World Club champions for the first time since the competition was rebranded.

The Green Eagles have delighted the home fans with shock victories over Auckland City, Monterrey and Atletico Mineiro to reach the final, where they are huge 25/1 (26.00) outsiders to become the first African side to lift the trophy.

Pep Guardiola required extra-time to secure his first victory in this competition with Barcelona against Estudiantes back in 2009, and you can get odds of 10/1 (11.00) on this game also remaining all square after 90 minutes.

As the only competitor who are not their continent’s reigning champions, few expected Faouzi Benzarti’s men to be the ones standing between the favourites and glory on Saturday.

However, the Moroccan champions have earnt their place in the final by virtue of some resilient performances that have seen them concede just one goal from open play so far, with both Monterrey and Atletico Mineiro’s single goals coming from set pieces.

The semi-final victory over the South American champions was particularly impressive, as they restricted Ronaldinho and Co. to barely a sniff of goal in an edgy first half before exploding into life after the break, buoyed on by a partisan home crowd.

This will undoubtedly be the gameplan yet again when they return to the Stade de Marrakech and attempt to subdue one of world football’s most irresistible attacking forces, meaning Die Roten may struggle to find space in the opening stages.

However, pulling off another shock against a team of Bayern’s quality is surely a step too far for the hosts, and evens (2.00) is well worth backing on their resistance being well and truly broken in a high-scoring second half.

That bet would have paid out in each of Raja’s three previous games at this competition, where they are yet to concede a single first-half goal.

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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