The team names are big, but often times the roster names don’t live up to the hype. The world’s largest international soccer clubs are once again embarking on the International Champions Cup. Most clubs use the ICC as a pre-season tuneup for lesser-known players before beginning their regular seasons next month. The French champions, PSG, dominated last year’s competition by beating Inter Milan (3-1), Real Madrid (3-1) and Leicester City (4-0).
Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Juventus, AS Roma, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Paris Saint-Germain will be playing in the United States, while AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Olympique Lyonnais and Inter Milan will be playing in Asia. Borussia Dortmund got the competition started on Tuesday with a 3-1 victory over AC Milan from Guangzhou, China. Featured matches to keep an eye on are: Manchester United vs. Manchester City (7/20), Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich (7/25), and Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona (7/29).
The sample size is really small, so this certainly shouldn’t be taken as gospel, but take a look at how teams have historically struggled to score on Asian soil. In 2015, there were nine games played outside of the US and Canada. They averaged just 2.11 goals per game. In 2016, there were five games played in Australia and China. Their scores were 1-1, 2-1, 4-1, 1-0, and 1-1. Keep an eye out for some “Under” opportunities in those international games.
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