SOCCER—International Champions Cup Picks of the Week

Lionel Messi

Kevin Stott

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:51 PM GMT

The 2017 International Champions Cup continues play this week, Let’s look at the odds and handicap these three ICC matches and offer up some picks after seeing who is and who isn’t on theses clubs’ Rosters and after watching them play a game in this Summer Friendly tournament.

Wednesday, July 26

FC Barcelona vs. Manchester United FC (ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNDeportes, WatchESPN, 7 p.m. ET): Lionel Messi and La Liga giants Barcelona face Paul Pogba and EPL heavies Manchester United at FedExField (Latitude 36 Bermuda) in Landover, Maryland on Wednesday night in International Champions Cup play. Offshore sportsbooks currently have Barça -125 favorites over the Red Devils (+265, Intertops) with a Draw priced at +275 and the Total at 2½o -200 (Intertops). MUFC is coming off a 2-1 PK-Shootout win over defending UEFA Champions Cup holders Real Madrid after the two were tied 1-1 after 90 minutes while Barcelona defeated Juventus, 2-1 courtesy of two Neymar Jr. goals at MetLife Stadium—home of the NFL’s New York Jets and New York Giants—in East Rutherford, NJ on Saturday.

Against the Old Lady, first-year Barcelona Manager Ernesto Valverde started both Messi and Neymar with Jasper Cillessen as GK with regular starter Marc-André ter Stegen not traveling with the club. With a Barcelona Roster loaded with speed, finesse and players like Luis Suárez, Arda Turan, Andrés Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Paco Alcácer and Munir El Haddadi, Barcelona should get at least 2 goals in this spot vs. possible MUFC GK David de Gea and the English side with Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial to also probably score at least once versus the one of the Blaugrana backup keepers, Cillessen or Jokin Ezkieta in goal.

PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Barcelona 2 Manchester United 1WEDNESDAY ICC PICKS: Barcelona -125, Over 2½ -200Best Line Offered: at Intertops

 

Saturday, July 29

Inter Milan vs. Chelsea FC (ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNDeportes, WatchESPN, 7:35 a.m. ET): Inter Milan meet defending EPL champions Chelsea in ICC play at Singapore National Stadium (Grass) in Kallang, Singapore early Friday. Offshores have Chelsea slight +170 underdogs against Inter Milan (+150, BookMaker) with a Draw priced at +203 and the Total at 2½u -150 (BookMaker). Chelsea (+325 to win EPL, Intertops) is coming off a 3-2 loss to Bayern Munich after the defending Bundesliga champions raced out to an 3-1 Halftime lead in Singapore early on Tuesday. The Blues—who have been linked to Inter’s Antonio Candreva—pulled to within 3-1 in Injury Time in the 1st Half on a Marcos Alonso score, then saw Michy Batshuayi net his fifth goal of the Preseason off an assist from new-Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) to pull the Blues within 3-2 in the 2nd Half. Internazionale (2-1-1 Preseason, 5 GF-4 GA) is coming off a 1-0 win over French Ligue 1 side Lyon in Singapore which saw Jovetic tally the game’s only goal in the 74th minute and Inter Milan (12/1 to win Serie A, Intertops) GK Samir Handanovic notch the Clean Sheet.

The two teams have each won twice in their L4 meetings (CFC 2-0 INTER, CFC 0-1 INTER, INTER 2-1 CFC, CFC 2-0 INTER) with the Blues winning 2-0 the last time these two European giants played in 2013 in this same Summer competition. With Morata wanting to show he can get into the Chelsea flow, Thibaut Courtois and the Blues coming off a lazy start against Bayern and Inter a bit tired from having to play Bayern here in the ICC on Wednesday (ESPN3, ESPNDeportes, 7:35 am ET; BM -182, IM +360, DRAW +320, 2½o -250, Intertops), backing speedy EPL 2016 Player of the Year N'Golo Kanté, Cesc Fàbregas, Victor Moses, the now prolific Batshuayi and New Kid In West London, Morata seems like the betting edge in a match which should have fewer quality Shots on Goal than most other matches in this ICC.

PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Chelsea 2 Inter Milan 1SATURDAY ICC PICKS: Chelsea +170, Over 2½ +120Best Line Offered: at BookMaker

 

Saturday, July 29

Manchester City FC vs. Tottenham Hotspur FC (ESPN2, WatchESPN, 6:05 pm ET): EPL sides Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur meet in ICC play in the Volunteer State at Nissan Stadium (Tifsport Bermuda Sod) in Nashville on Saturday night. Offshore sportsbooks have opened Harry Kane and Spurs -178 favorites over Raheem Sterling and the Sky Blues (+400, BookMaker) with a Draw priced at +285 and the Total at 2½o -135 (BookMaker). In the L5 meetings between these two sides (MC 2-2 TOTT, TOTT 2-0 MC, MC 1-2 TOTT, TOTT 4-1 MC, TOTT 0-1 MC), Hugo Lloris and Spurs (+850 to win EPL, Intertops) are 3-1-1 (10 GF-4 GA) against Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester City (+185 to win EPL, Intertops)—all in EPL play.

With this being a Friendly, the Sky Blues often lax on Defense and Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen and Tottenham putting up 4 goals against a 10-man PSG side, backing the Over here in Nashville in the home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans is the suggested Totals pick. The Sky Blues will face Real Madrid from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles in a high-profile ICC match on Wednesday night (ESPN, ESPN3, ESPNDeportes, 11 pm ET; RM -103, MC +258, DRAW +298, 3o -135, BookMaker) in what seems like a good spot to back Isco and the defending European champions, even without Cristiano Ronaldo.

PREDICTED FINAL SCORE: Manchester City 2 Tottenham 3SATURDAY ICC PICKS: Spurs -178, Over 2½ -135Best Line Offered: at BookMaker