Attention now turns away from the World Cup and this weekend marks the start of serious Club Business.
It’s time to test what the window has so far opened up to different destinations but the transfers will continue till close of this summer’s time.
Repeats of duels from last season’s champions league earmark this season’s Tournament that will have 18 participating teams; -but there will also be a first time meet between Ronaldo and Real Madrid at the later stages.
The tournament that kicked off in the early hours of Saturday as Manchester City took on Borussia Dortmund; – there are promises of a goal galore this weekend. Follow our tips into this weekend’s Value and regular Picks.
Bayern v PSG
Two new managers start the exploration of their new teams. Niko Kovac at Germany’s Premier Club, Bayern Munich, takes on Thomas Tuchel’s Les Parisiens whose last try out ended in a 4-2 drubbing by Third Division side Chambly; -the game that was a definition of an embarrassment to Gigi’s debut.
While Kovac masterminded Frankfurt’s fine run for the past two seasons before replacing Heynckes, was out of work for a season after a bitter ending with Dortmund before joining the French Champions.
Many players will be missing the start of this Tournament and so the two sides will be without most of their World Cup representatives.
Colombian midfielder, James Rodriguez remains undecided on his future after the World Cup, as Corentin Tolisso Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer also among others will also have longer breaks after taking part in the World Cup. But, Kovac will still have a strong team with the likes of Arjen Robben, David Alaba and Arturo Vidal among.
On the other side, Tuchel will still have a lot to struggle with against his old rival especially if he is to be without most outfield Players including Neymar, Mbappe, Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe and Angel Di Maria.
An interesting fact is after an embarrassing debut, Buffon faces a Bayern team for the 9th time against which he has only won twice, drawn twice and lost four times.
Verdict: Bayern have a chance to undo PSG’s last season heroics in the Champions League Group stage. We are backing Kovac to earn a debut victory in the International Champions Cup. It’s an over 2.5 goals with both sides to score.
The other game is between Liverpool and Dortmund who opened the Tournament with Man City a few hours ago.
A more stable Liverpool side against a still changing Borussia Dortmund side will have nothing less than a goal galore as Klopp takes on the Club was so patient to let him voluntarily step down.
Did they lack the nerve to sack him? Find out as today.
Verdict: Liverpool to lead both first half and full time. Expect both teams to score (Over 2.5) and trust Liverpool to win, even without Henderson.
Follow the summary below for more picks to this week’s Value category.
Stuttgart v SG Sonnenhof Großaspach – 1
Montrose v St Johnstone – 2
ACF Fiorentina v Venezia – 1
CA Independiente v Central Ballester – 1
Matsumoto Yamaga FC v Kyoto Sanga FC – 1
Arbroath FC v Elgin City – 1
Tampines Rovers v Geylang International – 1
Cowdenbeath FC v Cove Rangers FC – 1
AIK v IF Brommapojkarna – 1
Flamengo RJ v Botafogo RJ – 1
FC Dundee v Dunfermline Athletic – 1X
Krasnodar-2 v SKA Energia Khabarovsk – 2
Ilves v PS Kemi – 1
Club Tijuana v Guadalajara Chivas – 1X
Balestier Khalsa FC v Albirex Niigata FC – 2
Pohang Steelers v Jeonnam Dragons – 1
Changchun Yatai v Shandong Luneng Taishan FC – X2
Luch Minsk v FC Brest – 2
Guizhou Renhe FC v Dalian Yifang – 1
Shanghai SIPG v Guangzhou Evergrande – 1X
Slask Wroclaw v Cracovia – 1
Atlas de Guadalajara v Queretaro FC – 1X
Gimnasia y Esgrima v Sportivo Belgrano – 1
Royal Pari Sion v La Paz FC – 1
Tigres UANL v Club Leon – 1
Kashima Antlers v Kashiwa Reysol -1
Odense BK v Sonderjyske – 1X
Waterford United FC v Shamrock Rovers FC – X2
Deportivo Pasto v Aguilas Doradas – 1
Colon de Santa Fe v Deportivo Moron – 1
Please Note that we won’t be giving the ‘RISKY PICKS’ Tips so we give more concentration to the VALUE and REGULAR PICKS.
NOTE: GG – Both teams to score, 1 – Home Team win, 2 – Away Team loss, X – Draw, 1X – Home team’s win or Draw, X2 – A draw or Away team’s win, NT – Risky to place your Bet on
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