Al Hilal vs Chelsea: Club World Cup Score Predictions

For the first time in ten years, Chelsea are competing in the Club World Cup. It’s the only major trophy missing from the Blue’s cabinet and opportunities to challenge for it don’t come along often. Last time, Chelsea made it through the semi-final stage but succumbed to complacency in the final, with an unexpected 1-0 defeat to Corinthians. The squad may have changed drastically, but the club will still want to make amends.

As the joint top seeded team in the competition, Chelsea have been handed a bye into the semi final and will face Saudi Arabian Champions Al Hilal SFC. The AFC Champions League winners are coached by Leonardo Jardim and despite poor league form, have been a formidable force in knockout round football of late. They saw off Al Jazira 6-1 in the previous round and are not to be taken lightly. Chelsea fans will be familiar with Moussa Marega, Matheus Pereira and Odion Ighalo, who all faced the club last season for different opposition.

Going into this one, Chelsea have no new major concerns but do have a few players who are touch and go. Azpilicueta, Ziyech and Mount all finished the game against Plymouth with small issues but have been back in training. The latter will be assessed ahead of kick-off. Reece James has travelled with the squad but remains unavailable for selection. Chilwell and Loftus-Cheek are still injured and remain in London. Mendy will join up with the squad soon but it’s unlikely he will displace Kepa at such short notice.

Al Hilal on the other hand, have a clean bill of health and will be playing a full-strength lineup.

Chelsea are the favourites going into this match, but it’s clear from the previous round that Al Hilal are no joke. They will be organised, difficult to break down and threatening on the counterattack. All things that Chelsea have struggled to deal with this season. It’s important that Chelsea remain focused and treat them with the respect and professionalism that seemed to be missing against Plymouth.

Ahead of the match, some of the writers at The Chelsea Social have shared their predictions:

Maria Dulce (@usernamedulce)

Chelsea vs. Al Hilal is the first step for the Blues to *finally* add the FIFA Club World Cup title to the club’s trophy cabinet. Nonetheless, this match will require a more cohesive, fluid team than we have seen in the past few games.

Regarding the opposition, in the quarter-finals, Al Hilal displayed their lethal attack by making it 6-1 against Emirates’ Al Jazeera. Noticeably, we should not underestimate them. For that reason, even though Tuchel won’t be personally in the dugouts for the game, the Blues ought to be tactically superior from minute one.

With that being said, I would opt for a lineup with proven chemistry and efficiency in the attack. Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, and Timo Werner have been some of the most competent players in previous games by notably linking up with others and creating spaces. Hopefully, we’ll make the best out of this opportunity and secure a place in the big final. Thus, my prediction is Chelsea 2 – 1 Al Hilal. Come on you Blues!

Prediction: Al Hilal 1-2 Chelsea

Rey Stevinho (@Rey_Blues30)

The last slot in the cabinet. After our flop in our last Club World Cup, Chelsea will look to redeem themselves and finish the trophy collection. It will not be an easy affair as we saw against Plymouth, no team is a walk-in.

We have to be ruthless in the final third. We have to be sharp in all areas of the pitch. Hopefully we can open up strong and finish our chances unlike our disastrous finishing at the weekend.

I predict a back and forth encounter where both teams will have chances. Nevertheless, I expect Chelsea to win and my final prediction is a 3-1 win over the Arabian side. C’MON YOU BLUES!

Prediction: Al Hilal 1-3 Chelsea

Rosy Cobb (@WeKnowWWA)

Chelsea take on Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal in the Club World Cup semi-final, whose stand-out players include Moussa Marega, Odion Ighalo and Matheus Pereira.

Though Reece James travelled with the squad, he is unlikely to play, likewise with the returning AFCON Champion Edouard Mendy. There are some doubts over Mason Mount’s fitness too though he has trained with the group.

I would hope to see Timo Werner and Kai Havertz get some time on the pitch after their link up play led to Marcos Alonso’s winning goal against Plymouth spared the sides blushes.

Though I don’t expect this to be any easy match at all, Al-Hilal currently sit fourth in the Saudi Pro League, I do predict that Chelsea will make it through to the final. I’m predicting a 2-0 win, with a goal from Havertz.

Prediction: Al Hilal 0-2 Chelsea

Harrison Burridge (@hburridge2)

Wednesday afternoon marks the start of a venture into the unknown and the path to the one trophy Chelsea Football Club are yet to win. In 2012 a single goal saw them fall to defeat against Corinthians in the final. Thomas Tuchel and Co will be hoping the shoe is on the other foot this time around.

However, first of all they must reach that showpiece final and, in their way, stands a formidable Al-Hilal side. They breezed through their quarter final tie with a 6-1 drubbing of United Arab Emirates based side Al Jazira. In their ranks they possess ex West Brom player Matheus Pereira, someone who will be remembered by Blues fans for his role in the 5-2 defeat last season. Also, another recognisable name is that of Odion Ighalo.

Saturday’s bruising encounter with Plymouth Argyle left its effect with key midfielder Mason Mount a doubt for the game along with the other stars from Saturday Cesar Azpilicueta and Hakim Ziyech carrying knocks. Combine that with the inconsistency of the other forward men and Tuchel/Arno Michels will have many a headache figuring out a combination that will fire the Blues past the Saudi Arabian side.

On paper, Chelsea should have too much for Al-Hilal but recent form has seen doubt and worry creep into the fanbase. Regardless, I still expect the Blues to get it done just not the easy way.

Prediction: Al Hilal 0-1 Chelsea

John Tateossian (@johntat16)

Arno Michels’ Chelsea side find themselves in Abu Dhabi in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup taking on Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal. The one trophy that has escaped Chelsea Football Club is finally again within reach and a well rested Chelsea side will be determined to finally get their hands on this trophy.

Chelsea are coming off two wins, one in the Premier League over Tottenham and an FA Cup victory over Plymouth, but have only played those two games in the past sixteen days. The Blues will be raring to go being able to start off their Club World Cup game in the semi-final as the UEFA winner’s do.

Chelsea will be without Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and of course Thomas Tuchel who is still isolating. While Mason Mount and Reece James have traveled with the team, they are still day-to-day and being assessed before matches.

All in all Chelsea can still field a very strong side. While Al Hilal is no club to scoff at, Chelsea will certainly look to play a full strength team that can continue their winning ways and will hopefully advance us to the finals.

Prediction: Al Hilal 0-3 Chelsea

Matt North (@MattNorth_)

Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea begin their Club World Cup journey at the semi-final stage as we take on Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal. Having missed out on winning the competition back in 2012, the Blues are desperate to land their first Club World Cup trophy, which would be the last trophy to add to the collection.

However, it won’t be as easy as you’d think because our opponents Al Hilal will no doubt be a tough side to break down. The reigning Saudi league champions comfortably defeated UAE side Al Jazira 6-1 to get to this stage and have a host of players who are well known to Chelsea fans. The main threat comes in the form of Matheus Pereira, with the former West Brom man playing a huge part in the Blues’ 5-2 loss to the Baggies last season. Meanwhile, other players include Odion Ighalo and Moussa Marega.

Heading into the game, Chelsea have a couple of injury concerns but should still be able to field a strong enough side to overcome a solid Al Hilal side. I expect the Blues to win this one to progress to Saturday’s final against Palmeiras but I don’t think it’ll be easy. Nevertheless, I’m predicting a 2-0 victory to Chelsea.

Prediction: Al Hilal 0-2 Chelsea

Written by CFCExtra (@CFCExtra)

Edited by Matt North


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