International Champions Cup 2016 Betting Previews, Odds & Tips
The International Champions Cup might sound like a very important competition for which everyone wants to compete for someone who is not in the football world. The truth is, it’s a series of friendly games sparred all across the world, bringing some of the best teams around to play in front of crowds they’ve never visited before.
The competition is clearly organized having marketing and sales in mind and much less due to footballing reasons, but do we really care what the reasons are if the International Champions Cup offers us a few excellent games in the building up of the new season?
22 July – Shanghai, China
Pre-season friendlies are the perfect opportunity for new signings to blend in, for the team to find their balance and their form and for the coaches to decide who will be the starters in competitive games and who will be viewed as back-up.
This pre-season period is critical for any successful campaign, since it builds up physical prowess, teamwork, and mental skills, but needs balance – too little of it, and the team won’t be able to tank the long, exhausting season, but too much of it, and you’ll quickly see injuries and exhaustion early on in the season.
This year’s Chinese version of the tournament starts with an excellent match : Manchester United vs. Borussia Dortmund. The English club are undoubtedly the team who require more attention in these friendlies – they have a new coach (Jose Mourinho) for the 3rd time in the last 4 seasons, lots of new, important signings (Ibrahimovic, Bailly) and even one player bought from Dortmund (Mkhitaryan).
They’re still very active in the transfer market, trying to persuade Pogba to return to Old Trafford, and are also looking for a right defender. They’ve shown good football in the first friendly against Wigan, but Dortmund are sure to be a much tougher adversary.
Meanwhile, the German squad’s transfer campaign is brimming with spectacular moves. After selling Mkhitaryan to United and Gundogan to City, they also left Hummels to join their arch-rivals Bayern Munich for a high transfer fee, so that they won’t lose him for free like they did with Lewandowski.
They did manage to re-invest these funds into the first time, signing Dembele, who had a great season in the Ligue 1 and is seen as one of the most promising strikers in the world, Guerreiro, the star left-back of Portugal’s Euro 2016 campaign, Rode or Bartra. Even Blaszczykowski can be seen as a transfer, returning from his loan in Seria A.
As always, when we see good football matches, we want to discuss their potential of earning us money. Betting on a winner in friendly games is very, very risky – so try to find other good odds. For example, Borussia is more than likely to score – they still kept lots of their great attacking players (Reus, Aubameyang, Kagawa) which are sure to penetrate the English defense at least once, even though they haven’t played a lot recently.
On the other side, United will most probably not score more than twice. Possession-wise, Dortmund should be favored, as they have overall better team chemistry and rely on keeping the ball more. These are the only things that come to mind so far as clear bets – but no worries, we’ll have more with the next games. Good luck!
Man Utd To Win & Under 3.5 Goals: 3.25 or 9/4
Man Utd To Win & Both Teams To Score: 4.00 or 3/1
International Champions Cup 2016 Predictions, Odds And Tips
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