From the International Champions Cup into the Super Cups this weekend with the France Cup (Trophee des Champions) and Community Shield ready to kick-off the new Football League seasons; – here’s Place It tipping you into this weekend.
France Cup (Trophee des Champions) – PSG v Monaco
PSG have steadily moved from humiliation to a more resolute side in the ICC defeating Atletico Madrid in their last engagement in the annual Clubs Competition. But, that’s for the younger side that’s been taking part in the preseason Tournament.
As it stands, The Ligue 1 Champions are very easy to break down at the back especially after trying out a 3-man defense that has so far shipped in as many as 10-goals in 3-matches; – against Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid.
But this should not get your hopes high, as Monaco on the other side have been worse defensively in their pre-season games shipping in more goals in just 4 of their last friendlies.
PSG lead the current head to head stats dominating the last 8-meetings including a demolishing 7-1 victory in their previous league clash.
Monaco have far fewer absences than PSG, but the losses of Thomas Lemar and Fabinho are far bigger than the fact that PSG lack a striker other than young Timothy Weah and with this, goals may be forced from elsewhere in the side.
PSG have won this competition 5-times in a row, dating to the first time it was played in China, in 2014.
Verdict: 3 or more goals were seen in all of last 6 head to head matches. Trust both teams to score on one side and concede on the other. Go for a goal galore, Over 2.5
I see a huge sign of Monaco at least bringing their disastrous feat against PSG recently to an end in this Super Cup final.
Community Shield – Chelsea v Manchester City
Dating back to the previous season, Manchester City would be outright favorites heading into this clash but the Citizens may be far away from an easy run.
Pep Guardiola may be forced to field a very inexperienced team due to players returning late from the World Cup. But, at least most have been grading well in the training sessions, with exception to Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, who remain unavailable.
While, new coach Maurizio Sarri may have the luxury of fielding a very strong starting side, they have failed to win any of their last 4-Community Shield matches and that may work to their disadvantage on Sunday at Wembley.
City’s youngsters may have played well in their pre-season tour, including that win against Bayern but may not be well prepared to take on Chelsea with the intensity Guadiola’s side had last season to start with a positive result.
They should turn in a competitive performance, but it would be a surprise if Chelsea didn’t come out on top because of they have at their disposal.
Verdict: At least both teams will score but trust Chelsea to break that Community Shield jinx for 3-1.
International Champions Cup
Inter Milan v Lyon – 2, GG
Real Madrid v Juventus – GG, 2
AC Milan v FC Barcelona – 2
Sunderland AFC v Charlton Athletic – 1
RC Lens v Red Star FC – 1
Celtic FC v Livingston FC – 1
FC Zenit St Petersburg v Arsenal Tula – 1
SG Sonnenhof Großaspach v 1 FC Kaiserslautern – 2
Karlsruher SC v FSV Zwickau – 1
CFR Cluj v CS Concordia Chiajna – 1
SK Rapid Vienna v SCR Altach – 1
Monterrey v Queretaro FC – 1
FC Dallas v San Jose Earthquakes – 1
Sao Paulo SP v Vasco Da Gama RJ – 1
KRC Genk v St. Truidense VV – 1
Corinthians SP v Atletico Paranaense – 1
Sparta Prague v 1 FC Slovacko – 1
Young Boys Bern v FC Zurich – 1
1860 Munich v Sportfreunde Lotte – 1
VfL Osnabruck v FC Wurzburger Kickers – 2
Wolfsberger AC v FK Austria Wien – X2
VfL Bochum v 1 FC Cologne – 2
Airdrieonians v Annan Athletic – 1
Brentford FC v Rotherham United – 1
Jahn Regensburg v FC Ingolstadt – 2
Hallescher FC v SC Fortuna Cologne – X2
Ujpest FC v Kisvarda FC – 1
CSKA Moscow v FK Rostov – 1
Newells Old Boys v Defensores Unidos – 1
Brondby IF v FC Nordsjaelland – 1
Kristiansund BK v Odds Ballklubb – 1X
Parana Clube PR v Ceara CE – 1
Budapest Honved FC v Paksi FC – 1
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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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