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Nic Ladds 17th Dec 2008 - 13:46

Fergie has sights set on world domination

Manchester United are 3/10 favourites to beat 7/1 Japanese outsiders Gamba Osaka and move a step closer to world domination.

The World Club Championship has been labelled an inconvenience by many but reports suggest Alex Ferguson is taking the tournament very seriously indeed and would treasure the crown of champions of the world.

Gamba are currently lying in seventh in their domestic league which is a little bit off the pace by their own high domestic standards and they will be hoping to give their season a boost by really making a game of it with United.

The Japanese side will have a tough time of it with Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez looking set to start for United and both have been in devastating form. The pair are available at 4/1 and 9/2 respectively to find the first goal.

The starting side looks strong with Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes all likely to feature from the start.

United will most likely look to have the game sewn up long before the final whistle so some of the fringe players can have a run out.

This will also ensure the regular first team players are both fresh for the final on Sunday and for the Boxing Day match against Stoke.

Although in the Premier League United often finish strongly the feeling is they will want to close the game out as quickly as possible making the 19/10 about the first half being the highest scoring half a cracking bet.

Another interesting bet is the time of first goal with 1-10 minutes 9/4 and 11-20 minutes 10/3.

Gamba perhaps should not be dismissed too lightly and it is a big adjustment for the body for the United players to make in such a short amount of time.

Should The Red Devils slip up then the draw could be appealing at 7/2 or 11/1 about Gamba sneaking a 1-0 victory does look a big price.

One man United will have to watch is Yasuhito Endo who is an inspiration in the Osaka midfield and scored the only goal of the game against Adelaide which carried the Japanese side through.

The talented Japan international is 12/1 to stun United and score first or 5/1 to make his mark at any point during the game.

Ferguson will have his players well prepared and despite the stigma of the tournament in the media, Fergie would dearly love to be able to add World Champions to his huge list of honours.

United will face Ecuadorian side Liga de Quito should they progress to the final and the South Americans will be willing on Gamba for an easier ride in the final, but realistically it looks like it will be Christmas come early for Fergie and United.

The first half to be the highest scoring half - 19/10

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