International Champions Cup 2016 Betting Previews, Odds And Tips
How can a game featuring Liverpool and Barcelona ever be boring? The two teams are known for their spectacular clashes, turnarounds and attacking football, as well as being able to produce wonders when you least expect it.
Let’s take a moment to remember Liverpool’s last winning final against AC Milan or Iniesta’s goal that sent Barcelona in a Champions League final.
06/08/2016 – London, England
Betting Odds: Liverpool 5.05 or 4/1 Draw 4.05 or 3/1 Barcelona 1.60 or 20/33
Although somewhat unexpected, Barcelona have been one of the most active teams in this year’s transfer market. They’ve mostly signed players from the French and Spanish markets (Digne, Umtiti or Andre Gomes) and are now linked with Gignac as well, since they are looking for a strong backup striker.
One could argue that a championship-winning team hardly needs improvements, but there were some key moments during last season when the squad’s depth was not enough – especially in defense.
Apart from this, there really isn’t much new news to share about the squad. The MSN trio is still in full force and will surely terrify oppositions in the next season as well.
In a similar fashion, Liverpool have done quite a few dealings on the transfer market as well. This was the first chance Klopp got to seriously tailor the squad to his needs and wants and has done so by signing quite a few players from Germany.
His biggest signing, however, is Mane from Southampton, who joins an already stellar attacking force, which features Coutinho, Firmino, Origi, Benteke and Lallana just to name a few.
Judging by this transfer activity and the way Liverpool looked in their first friendlies, Klopp’s intentions seem clear : They must compete for each and every competition they start in. A bold objective for a bold club.
The game between the two teams will probably produce a fair degree of spectacle. Both to score and over 2,5 goals are both great betting ideas, but betting that Liverpool will score can also be a great way to earn some good money using a higher-than-normal odd.
From what we’ve seen so far, bookies don’t seem very optimistic about Liverpool’s chances of winning. We’re not very fond of this idea either, but we don’t expect Barcelona to win by 3 or more goals. A handicap bet, like +1,5 or even +2 can also prove to be of good value.
If not, choose the simple route – Barcelona to win and over 2,5 goals, if you want to double your money and then some. Without a doubt, this game will be one of the most beautiful from this year’s International Champions Cup.
It will also be one of the last times we see Liverpool before their official debut in the English official competitions. Barcelona will still have a couple of weeks until they start playing for points again, but we’re more than happy to watch the Premier League until then. Just a few more games before it all starts again.
Total Goals – Over 2.5: 1.55 or 5/9
AH – Liverpool (+1): 1.79 or 10/13
Barcelona Win & Over 2.5: 2.00 or 1/1
Barcelona Win & Both To Score: 2.80 or 9/5
International Champions Cup 2016 Match Predictions, Odds & Tips
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