The 2017 International Champions Cup kicks off early on Wednesday with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich facing EPL side Arsenal from Shanghai Stadium in Shanghai Stadium with Manchester United and legendary Manager José Mourinho meeting Pep Guardiola and city rivals Manchester City in the first-ever Manchester Derby to be held outside the UK
EPL side Arsenal face perennial Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich at Shanghai Arena in Shanghai, China on Wednesday in the 2017 International Champions Cup. Offshore sportsbooks currently have Bayern-138 favorites over Arsenal (+361, BookMaker) with a Draw priced at +311 with the Total at 3 -122 (BookMaker). This will be the fifth edition of the ICC which will see 19 matches played over a two-week span including a meeting between La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid and Barcelona in remote version of El Clásico in Miami (July 29) and CR7 and two-time UEFA Champions League holders Madrid facing David Villa and the MLS All-Stars at Soldier Field on Chicago’s lakefront (Aug. 2).
Goals Should be Scored with Neuer Shelved with Injury, Lacazette with Arsenal Now
New arrival Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) and Arsenal will look to keep the Gunners Preseason momentum going when they face Bayern Munich early Wednesday. Arsenal defeated Australian Premier League side Sydney FC, 2-0 on July 13, then beat Western Sydney Warriors, 3-1 on July 15. The last time Arsenal and Bayern met, the German side put 10 goals by David Ospina and Petr Cech in the Champions League Round of 16 in the Spring (5-1, 5-1). So why exactly are Mesut Özil and the Gunners such big underdogs over Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern side in this spot with GK extraordinaire Manuel Neuer (Broken Metatarsal), second-choice Bayern GK Ulreich (Elbow) and Arjen Robben (Calf injury) all out and missing the entire China and Singapore tour? Well, despite the GK injuries, Bayern and new, 2-year loanee James Rodriguez, Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski, Franck Ribery and David Alaba should have higher expectations here and should find a way to win here and seem to hold some value at -135 (BetPhoenix), even if Ancelotti has to go with a cautious Starting XI here. But the best pick seems to be the Over at 3, with mighty Bayern possibly being able to put 3 on the scoreboard themselves in another loose Asian Friendly in which Defense may take a backseat due to the nature (Friendly) of the match.PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Bayern Munich 3 Arsenal 2WEDNESDAY ICC PICKS: Over 3 -122 & Bayern Munich -135Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker
Manchester United vs. Manchester City
EPL sides Manchester City and Manchester United meet in ICC play in the Lone Star State at NRG Stadium in Houston in a remote Manchester Derby on Thursday night. Offshore sportsbooks currently have the Red Devils as slight +170 underdogs over the Sky Blues (+170, Intertops) with a Draw priced at +230 and the Total at 2½o -118 (BetPhoenix). This will be the first time that a Manchester Derby has ever been held outside of the United Kingdom.
Mini-Manchester Derby on Display Thursday in ICC From NRG Stadium in Houston
Manager José Mourinho and Manchester United meet Pep Guardiola and city rivals Manchester City in a match which should also have some scoring with United having two matches (and Wins) under their belts against MLS clubs, the LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, with David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and City, who will face CR7 and Real Madrid (-118 to win La Liga, Intertops) in ICC play at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in La La Land on July 26 in a match we’ll preview for you here at SBR. A look at the L5—EPL and English Carabao Cup—meetings between these city rivals reveals (MC 0-0 MUFC, MUFC 1-0 MC, MUFC 1-2 MC, MC 0-1 MUFC, MUFC 0-0 MC) a bunch of extremely low-scoring matches (Under 4-1) with Sergio Agüero and the Noisy Neighbors getting blanked by David de Gea and the Red Devils 4 times and mustering just two scores. But with Gabriel Jesus the new toy and players like Sterling, De Bruyne and Silva feeding him, City should score a couple here with new Red Devils toy Romelu Lukaku (Everton)—who scored his first United goal in a 2-1 win against RSL in Sandy, Utah on Monday night—Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who also scored at RSL, new kid at Old Trafford Victor Lindelöf (Benfica), Mata, Marcus Rashford and Pogba all combining to make sure the sky Blues don’t gain any psychological edge heading into the coming 2017 EPL season with a win here.