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International Champions Cup Betting: Extra prep can aid Man Utd against Barcelona

Barcelona 1.93, Manchester United 4.00, The Draw 4.10
Thursday, 00:30
Live on MUTV
Both Barcelona and Manchester United are unbeaten thus far in pre-season, but it is the Premier League club that are further along in their preparations for the new campaign.
Barca have only played one game so far, a 2-1 victory over a Juventus side also making their first appearance of pre-season. In contrast, United have already played four times. They beat the MLS sides LA Galaxy and Real Salt City, before defeating their neighbours Manchester City in the International Champions Cup and then winning a penalty shootout against Real Madrid after a 1-1 draw.
In pre-season, the extra fitness that comes with playing more games can be crucial. With that in mind, the price for a Manchester United win looks too big, making the Draw No Bet at 3.00 and the 2.04 for United to avoid defeat in the Double Chancemarket, attractive options.
The ICC has provided some entertaining games so far, with Jose Mourinho's side recording the sole clean sheet so far in the US leg of the competition's six matches. Both Teams To Score therefore seems a pretty sure thing, even if the odds of 1.54aren't particularly chunky.
There are also some attractive prices available in the To Score market. Lionel Messi is surprisingly close to evens at 1.95, while Romelu Lukaku is 2.90 to add to his two pre-season goals.
PSG 3.15, Juventus 2.30, The Draw 3.75
Thursday, 02:05
Live on Premier Sports
Both of these teams are still looking for their first win in this tournament. It's PSG who have got the most points on the board, after they won the penalty shootout against Roma following a 1-1 draw, but they were then beaten 4-2 by Spurs in their second game.
Juventus have only played once, losing 2-1 to Barcelona. They are the favourites at 2.30, but it's worth considering that PSG were drawing against Tottenham until very late in their match, despite having had goalkeeper Kevin Trapp sent off early in the second-half.
With the French giants having played an extra match to hone their fitness, the value does not lie with the Italians. PSG are 1.71 in the Double Chance market, but it's the Draw at 3.75 that stands out as the bet worth taking.
After that goal-laden game against Spurs, the odds of 1.59 for Both Teams To Score could be a decent bet, with Over 2.5 Goals another to ponder at 1.71. Gonzalo Higuain leads the To Score market at [2.15], while Edinson Cavani is the favourite for PSG at 2.30.

Manchester City 3.60, Real Madrid 2.02, The Draw 4.10
Thursday, 04:35
Live on Premier Sports
Manchester United have defeated both of these sides so far, though it is Real Madrid who will be happier with their performance.
Manchester City conceded two poor goals in a 2-0 defeat, that raised fresh concerns about their defensive capabilities ahead of the new season. Madrid fared better, drawing 1-1 before a penalty defeat, albeit against a weaker United side that had started against City.
Real will be hoping to take advantage against a City team that are trying to bed in a number of new signings. City have signed a new goalkeeper and three full-backsthis summer. Their new look defence is bound to take time to forge an understanding, particularly when there are still major question marks regarding the team's centre-back options and a lack of protection from midfield.
With that in mind, Real Madrid look a big price to record their first win of the tournament at 2.02. City were 2-0 down at half-time in their defeat to Manchester United and Madrid can be backed to also win Half-Time/Full-Time at 3.20.
Goals seem a certainty between two very attacking teams, but Both Teams To Score at 1.45 and Over 2.5 at 1.47 are both too slim to recommend.

Bayern Munich 1.69, Inter Milan 4.30, The Draw 3.90
Thursday, 12:35
Live on Premier Sports
Thursday's final game takes place in Singapore rather than America. Bayern and Inter both started their pre-season with fixtures in China and now play their last match of the Asian leg of the ICC.
Bayern have taken their time to find their form. A 1-1 draw with Arsenal was followed by a defeat on penalties and worse was to come three days later when they were thrashed 4-0 by AC Milan. They finally won their first game of pre-season with a 3-2 victory over Chelsea on Tuesday.
Inter come into this game having had an extra day of rest, after beating Lyon 1-0 on Monday. It was their fourth match of pre-season, having played fixtures in Austria and Germany.
Though well-prepared, it's fair to say that these days Inter have a less star-studded team than some of the other clubs in the competition. Bayern should have too much for them and after being 3-0 up at half-time in their victory over Chelsea, can be backed at 2.40 to win Half-Time/Full-Time.
Thomas Muller scored two of Bayern's goals in their win over Chelsea and is available at 2.30 to find the net again.

Recommended Bets
Back Manchester United Double Chance against Barcelona at 2.04
Back PSG and Juventus to draw at 3.75
Back Real Madrid to beat Manchester City at 2.02
Back Bayern Munich to beat Inter Milan half-time/full-time at 2.40

Football Bet of the Day: Carnage in Kazakhstan

FC Astana v Legia Warsaw
Wednesday 15:00
Our Danish Lions fell silent in Macedonia last night, slipping to a 1-0 defeat at Vardar Skopje.
Today we're hoping that Legia Warsaw can succeed where Copenhagen failed, and land a blow on their eastern European hosts. You might remember in the Champions League proper last season that the Polish army team were involved in the competition's highest-scoring game ever: an 8-4 defeat at Borussia Dortmund.
Just before that game, they'd gone down 5-1 at Real Madrid. The crucial thing is, they scored. Legia have actually hit the back of the net in 10/12 Champions League away games since 2013 (including qualifiers like this one).
Since arriving at Europe's top table in 2015, FC Astana have scored in 8/9 home matches, and conceded in 7/9. We fancy Legia to help them extend both of those exciting records at the Astana Arena today.
Recommended Bet
Back Both Teams to Score @ 2.08 in FC Astana v Legia Warsaw

International Champions Cup: Tottenham v Roma

Tottenham v Roma 
Wednesday 10:00am 

Kyle Walker or no Kyle Walker Spurs are a serious unit and they are yet to go shopping. Pochettino is sure to add to the squad and has noted that although they have depth and an abundance of youngsters, the facts that their rivals have invested heavily will make things difficult. Trippier will lock down the right back role but look for them to add a key figure in each line of the formation. Ideally they will be seeking a versatile defender, an attacking midfield player and a backup for Kane.

For Roma, the writing is on the wall. They have finished 2nd in the Serie A in 3 of the last 4 season but they have literally been stripped in recent months. Inspirational manager Spalletti was snapped up by Inter and a exodus has ensued. Mohamed Salah and Rudiger have made their way to Liverpool and Chelseas respectively, Totti has retired and De Rossi is pushing 35 years of age. They have picked up a stack of young blood with Pellegrini, Under and Karsdorp along with the experienced Kolarov and Gonalons. The Wolf is concerned that they will lose Manolas from central defence and with Rutiger already gone that would mean an entirely new centre back pairing. That spells danger!

Spurs were excellent against PSG and after conceding early they really clicked into gear. The were able to take the lead before the French side were relegated to 10 men and then went on with it to win 4-2. Roma’s first encounter was also against PSG with the Italians going down in a shootout. The two sides play a very different brand of football. Roma play a at a much slower tempo and look to build from the back before bringing there wide men into the game. Spurs on the other hand utilise their speed and athleticism to do press high and flood numbers forward on the counter. Pochettino basically used two separate 11’s for each half and we are likely to see a repeat. Spurs should be odds on!

Best Bet: Tottenham WIN ($2.15)
Value: Tottenham Over 2.5 goals ($3.25)

International Champions Cup: Chelsea v Bayern Munich

Chelsea v Bayern Munich  
Tuesday 9:35pm 

If Chelsea’s first outing is anything to go by they are in store for another big season. Antonio Conte played close to a full strength lineup against Arsenal and it translated into a dominant 3-0 win. Willian and Kante were excellent with Batshuayi showing that he will rival Morata for the starting role up front. With Chelsea in the UCL this season and back to playing a full schedule look for him to get a lot more game time.

Bayern will be looking to bounce back from a disastrous outing against AC Milan. Rafinha was exposed on multiple occasions at right back as a young and energetic Milan squad put 4 past them. The match may have just been a friendly, but when Bayern put out a line up that includes Lewandowski, Muller, Ribery, Coman, Tolisso, Bernat and Hummels you expect a world class performance.

The Wolf says it is natural to expect a reaction from Bayern but says we will not see one. The key to this lies in the Blues focus on the defensive end and it was on full display against Arsenal. Under Conte Chelsea have a certain steel about them that just does not go away – even in friendlies. Ancelotti will look to give new additions Rodriguez and Tolisso more game time while 19 year old Friedl will be given the task of replacing the injured Bernat at right back. Bayern have won just 1 of their last 4 competitive games against Chelsea and only 1 of their last 5 ICC matches. The upsets to continue…

Best Bet: Double Chance Chelsea or Draw ($1.65)
Value: Chelsea WIN ($3.10)

Women's Euro Championship Betting: Danish domination

Norway v Denmark
Monday, 19:45
Live on British Eurosport 2

Norway were supposed to be getting better under their new Coach Martin Sjogren, but their performances here so far suggest that he's simply not cut out for the job. Denmark showed how you can defend against the Dutch flyer Shanice Van De Sanden in the hosts' second game, but Sjogren did nothing to either prepare for, or react to, the chaos that she caused in the Group opener.

He followed that up with poor selections against Belgium, and his team looked a demotivated shambles. I hear rumours that all may not be well in the camp, and Denmark are an absolute must bet to beat what's being billed as a tightly-contested Scandinavian derby. I'm not sure that it will be, as the Danes have a good result against Belgium under their belts, and were unfortunate to lose to the Netherlands.

The Danes have serious quality in the shape of Pernille Harder, a normally reliable finisher in Nadia Nadim, and they are solid defensively. Despite the presence of the brilliant Ada Hegerberg in the Norwegian side, I'm not sure that they can boast any of the above, and I'm stunned to see Denmark as big as 2.86 to win and make sure that Norway are eliminated from the tournament. That rates as the bet of Euro 2017 so far, and by some distance.

Recommended Bet
Back Denmark to beat Norway @ 2.86

Belgium v Netherlands
Monday, 19:45
Live on British Eurosport

The Netherlands have taken themselves to the brink of the last eight with two 1-0 victories, and now they face an over-achieving Belgian side in their final Group game. The Dutch have been a breath of fresh air so far, and the home crowd has been a revelation: buying into the tournament, and recognising what a talented team they have to watch.

I've been impressed with the Dutch, but have to qualify that with further comments about their defending: they were fortunate not to concede against Norway, and then extraordinarily lucky against Denmark. Had Pernille Harder or Sanne Troelsberg taken chances at key times, then Denmark could have won, and I was also worried by the way that the home team's fitness seemed to fade late on.

I'm not convinced that they'll get much further than the quarter-finals, and am more sure than ever about England's prospects here: they're currently trading at 6.00 to win Euro 2017, and remain a must-bet.

Belgium have done brilliantly to go down narrowly against Denmark and then beat Norway and they are a side that is improving rapidly. With the Netherlands looking suspect, Belgium full of energy, and with a draw enough to take the Dutch through as Group winners, I'm going to suggest a lay of the hosts at a short price. They're trading as if they're near certainties, and they're most definitely not.

Recommended Bet
Lay Netherlands against Belgium @ 1.54

Iceland v Austria
Wednesday, 19:45
Live on British Eurosport

They're unlikely to go on and win it, but Austria have been the story of this competition so far. They beat Switzerland in what was their first ever match at a major tournament, and they backed that up with a brilliant 1-1 draw against France in their second game.

I thought that Iceland had a good chance of beating Switzerland in their second match, and they took the lead with their first shot on target at Euro 2017, but the Swiss proved too strong in the end, and they may just provide stern opposition for France in their final game.

The way that Iceland play means that they may just about be finished, though. They're out of the tournament, they've worked hard, and they'll be tired as they come up against Dominik Thalhammer's high energy, all-action Austria. The Austrians' work-rate gave France nightmares in Utrecht, and with a defence that was quite brilliantly marshalled by Katharina Schiechtl, they restricted France to a hatful of chances.

They have enough going forward to get past a dogged Iceland, with Sarah Zadrazil likely to return from her ankle injury, and I'd make Austria odds on to win this. We can back them at odds against, and we should take that chance.

Recommended Bet
Back Austria to beat Iceland @ 2.10


A final note, broken record style, about England and their chances of progression. If things don't go to plan in Group C, then winning Group D may just give England a really tough quarter-final, but I'd keep the faith, and if you haven't backed them already in the outright, then you should consider doing so.

Germany and France are underperforming terribly at this tournament, and the market doesn't seem to have reacted properly to the weaknesses of the two favourites. England still rate an outstanding bet at 6.00.

International Champions Cup: Inter v Lyon

Inter v Lyon – Monday 10:05pm AEST

This is our first look at both clubs at the ICC but they have played several friendlies elsewhere in the lead up. The Wolf is predicting a tough season ahead for both sides due to a combination of losing key talent and their rivals strengthening their respective squads.

Juventus and AC Milan have been very active but Inter seem to have been sitting on their hands. The biggest change has been the arrival of manager Luciano Spalletti from Roma. With a new manager one can only expect a number of changes to follow. Jovetic has been recalled from a loan spell with Sevilla but they have lost the services of silky midfielder Ever Banega. Winger Ivan Perisic has been targeted by Man Utd and we could see some sort of swap deal with Inter rumoured to be interested in Martial.

For Lyon it has been a case of cashing in when you can. Arguably their two best players, Lacazette and Tolisso, have gone to Arsenal and Bayern Munich respectively and they will not be replacing them with the equivalent talent. With Gonalons and the experienced Valbuena also gone they are looking at almost an entirely new midfield.

Despite the departures the French side have looked very effective in attack in friendly wins over Celtics and Ajax. They have a very young squad and The Wolf is expecting to see them play a very open and attacking brand of football focused around pressure and counter attack. Inter on the other hand struggled against both Nurnberg and Schalke. The Wolf believes those struggles will continue and the price on offer for Lyon is too good to refuse. Inter were beaten handily by PSG and Bayern in this competitions last year and have lost 4 of their last 5 ICC matches. There will be goals and they will be coming from the French side!

Best Bet: Over 3.5 goals ($2.35)
Value: Lyon WIN ($2.80)

Football Bet of the Day: Sirius's star to keep on shining

Sirius v Hacken
Saturday 22 July, 17:00
It's been a strange week. We burned bright early on, but three near-misses have put us back where we started. Last night provided the cruellest cut of all, as a 90th-minute winner for Cabinteely sunk Shelbourne 1-0.
We seek Swedish solace, in an Allsvenskan fixture between Sirius and Hacken.
Sirius are enjoying life in the top flight after they were promoted as Superettan champions in 2016. Just four years ago, the Blasvart were in the third division, so it's been quite a rise for the men from Uppsala. This season they are fourth in the table, and they have collected ten points from their last four matches.
Sirius haven't lost at home since mid-April, and they have won four of their six league games at Studenternas since then. They have scored in every single one of those six matches.
Hacken have lost three of their last five league games, and they have drawn a blank in all three of those matches. Although they have only lost once on the road, they are struggling to score away from their Gothenburg home. They have netted just twice in their last five road trips.
Sirius are on a roll, and held Hacken to a 2-2 draw in the reverse fixture in the first week of May. We can use Draw No Bet to back the hosts at a decent price.
Recommended Bet
Back Sirius Draw No Bet at 2.02

Against All Odds: Revs to be stalled by LA Galaxy

New England v LA Galaxy
Sunday July 23, 00:30 BST
The Galaxy have been in the news this past week as they took a 5-2 drubbing against Manchester United in a friendly. They then played again, this time in the MLS, on Wednesday night, but they suffered another defeat - 0-1 at home to Vancouver.
Curt Onalfo's side have now lost their last five matches - competitive and non-competitive - and they could really do with getting back on track sooner rather than later if they want to make the top six.
A trip to New England isn't the easiest in the world but this recent blip aside, LA have done pretty well on their travels this year. They have actually won four of their last six away from home and been beaten just once.
The hosts are also in poor form as they have lost five of their last six in all competitions. Their three most recent outings have seen them lose all three timesand even their last two MLS fixtures here have ended in defeat.
I really don't understand why New England are so short for this game, so with their price trading at around the 1.64 mark, I have to make them my lay of the day
Recommended Bet
Lay New England v LA Galaxy @ 1.64