Elite club tournament also includes Italian giants Milan, Inter and Juventus
With pre-season drawing to a close ahead of the start of domestic league campaigns across Europe, the final rounds in the International Champions Cup are set to take place. This coming Saturday (4 August) will see no fewer than three huge games take place which could conceivably be UEFA Champions League ties.
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First up is a clash between two former champions League winners in AC Milan and Barcelona. The Italian club have lost both games played so far, first on a penalty shoot-out to Manchester United then 1-0 to another Premier League club, Tottenham.
Barcelona, for their part, are also coming into this match on the back of a loss. Despite finding the back of the net twice, Barça went down 4-2 to Italian side AS Roma.
Regardless, it is the Spaniards who come into this game as the favourites to finally win a game at the tournament within 90 minutes. Barcelona are at 2.37 to be ahead by the final whistle, with Milan only just behind at 2.70 and a draw priced the highest at 3.60, according to Oddsshark.
Odds: AC Milan (2.70), Barcelona (2.37), draw (3.60)
Also on the cards is a repeat of the 2017 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus. Real won 4-1 on that occasion but it is unlikely to be quite so one sided this time around.
The Italians have looked strong in the International Champions Cup, recording victories over Bayern Munich, Benfica and an MLS All-Star XI. Despite missing several stars and having allowed Gonzalo Higuain to join AC Milan on loan as part of the deal that brought Leonardo Bonucci back to the Old Lady, the Italian champions can come into this clash brimming with confidence.
Real, by way of comparison, come into the match on the back of a loss to Manchester United, but coach Julen Lopetegui is making a concerted effort to integrate youth into his side. Vinicius Junior, who had an encouraging debut against the Red Devils, should feature again here.
And it is Real who come in as the favourites to get that much needed win under their belt. You can more than double your money by backing the European champions at a price of 2.10, while Juventus are at 3.25 and a stalemate is higher at 3.60.
Given that these two teams look evenly matched and this is only a friendly, you may feel it is a safer bet going for the “Double Chance” option, which allows you to opt for two outcomes rather than just one. You can back a Real Madrid win or a draw at 1.33, while a Juventus win or a draw is at 1.66 – and you can back either team to record a win at just 1.28.
Odds: Real Madrid (2.10), Juventus (3.25), draw (3.60)
And the third and final game this Saturday sees Italian giants Inter Milan take on French outfit Lyon in Lecce. It is the second game of the tournament for both clubs, and whereas Inter will held to a draw in their opener against Chelsea before losing a penalty shoot-out, Lyon got off to a winning start at the expense of Portuguese outfit Benfica.
Nevertheless, despite an even head to head record between the two teams – a win each and a draw in theee games – it is Inter who come into this game as the clear favourites to pick up their first win of the International Champions Cup. You can more than double your money by backing the Italians at a price of 2.05.
However, if you think that Lyon could pull off a shock there is the potential to more than triple any investment. Lyon are at 3.30 to win, with a draw looking the most unlikely result with a price of 3.60.
Inter have won just once in pre-season so far and they are in need of a morale boost. A 1-0 win for Luciano Spalletti’s side is priced at 9.50, offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment.
Odds: Inter Milan (2.05), Lyon (3.30), draw (3.60)