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Pachuca, Urawa betting favorites on FIFA Club World Cup odds

CF Pachuca will try to extend its current unbeaten streak across all competitions to four matches on Saturday when it kicks off a FIFA Club World Cup quarter-final clash with Wydad Athletic Club as -140 favorites on the betting lines.

Los Tuzos hit the pitch for the first time since tallying a 2-0 victory over Atlante as -257 chalk in Copa MX action on November 21, and have outscored opponents by a 7-1 margin during the 2-1-0 run it takes into Saturday’s matchup at Sheikh Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi.

The reigning CONCACAF Champions League winners are making their fifth appearance at the FIFA Club World Cup, and first since 2010, but have advanced past the quarter-finals on just one occasion, reaching the 2008 semi-finals with a 4-2 extra-time victory over Egypt’s Al-Ahly.

Wydad Casablanca makes its FIFA Club World Cup debut as a +400 underdog. The Kings of Titles claimed their berth with a 2-1 aggregate victory over Al-Ahly in last month’s CAF Champions League Final, and have remained unbeaten since, going 3-3-0 in six Botola Pro matches including victories in their past three outings.

Things will get no easier for the winner of Saturday’s match, who must then face Brazil’s Gremio Porto Alegrense. The Imortal Tricolor earned their first-ever Club World Cup berth after capping a Copa Libertadores championship win with a 2-1 second-leg win over Lanus as +260 underdogs on November 29, but have compiled an uneven 3-2-2 record in their past seven overall contests.

In Saturday’s other quarter-final clash, Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds take on Al-Jazira Club as heavy -165 chalk. The Reds went undefeated in their final four AFC Champions league contests to earn their first Club World Cup berth in 10 years, but have fallen flat in recent Japanese league play, getting blanked in three straight losses

The Pride of Abu Dhabi enjoys home-field advantage but enters Saturday’s matchup as lengthy +425 underdogs.  Al-Jazira earned its quarter-final berth with a narrow 1-0 win over Auckland City as -125 chalk in Wednesday’s tournament playoff, and owns a respectable 6-4-0 record over its past 10 outings across all competitions, including a 3-2-0 run on home turf.

The winner of this quarter-final clash will advance to a semi-final matchup with defending FIFA Club World Cup champion Real Madrid on December 13. Real escaped with a narrow 3-2 win over Dortmund Borussia earlier this week as -200 favorites on the UEFA Champions League odds, but owns a 6-1-0 all-time record at this tournament including clean sheet wins in three of their past four matches.