Pre-Season Friendlies: Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea’s rad habits

Arsenal [1.64] v Lyon [5.9]; The Draw [4.3]Saturday, 16:20
Live on BT Sport 1

Arsenal seem to lift a trophy almost every time that they play at the moment, so perhaps it is no surprise that they are as short as [5.6] to win the Premier League, despite this writer’s reservations.

The end credits for 2014/15 ran with them parading the FA Cup around for the second year running, pre-season commenced with two victories in Singapore earning the Barclays Asia Trophy and now they are challenging for the Emirates Cup.

Oddly, their strike rate in their own competition isn’t so special, with three editions passing since they were last crowned.

Bonus points are awarded for goalscoring, which is perhaps why six of Arsenal’s seven Emirates Cup openers – including the last five – ended without a clean sheet in sight. With Lyon bringing the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir to London, expect more of the same.

Recommended Bet
Back both teams to score @ [1.85]

Barcelona [2.26] v Man United [3.3]; The Draw [3.85]Saturday, 21:05
Live on MUTV

Less than a month before their return to the Champions League, Manchester United are presented with an opportunity to test themselves against Barcelona, the current holders and [4.0] favourites to retain, in Santa Clara.

Louis van Gaal’s side look like an attractive bet when you consider that they won the International Champions Cup last year, defeating the defending champions of Europe (on that occasion Real Madrid) in the process.

Twelve months on, the squad are far more in tune with the Dutch tactician’s way of thinking and they have kicked off their defence with comfortable wins over CONCACAF duo America and the San Jose Earthquakes, leading both by the 32nd minute or earlier.

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Back Man United to win @ [3.3]

Paris St-Germain [3.1] v Chelsea [2.42]; The Draw [3.6]Saturday, 23:05
Live on Chelsea TV

This pre-season International Champions Cup clash is leant a little spice by Chelsea’s need to avenge their Champions League round-of-16 elimination by Paris St-Germain, though it is debatable whether the Premier League title holders deserve to be rated favourites.

Jose Mourinho’s men began the friendly tournament with a 4-2 loss to the New York Red Bulls, whereas the French club top the standings following triumphs over European pair Benfica and Fiorentina. Three points against the Blues would put them in pole position for the trophy.

However, the best bet is surely over 2.5 goals on the evidence of the matches to date. While Chelsea started with a 4-2 spectacle against the Red Bulls, Paris St-Germain’s Benfica and Fiorentina successes arrived by 3-2 and 4-2 margins.

That’s right, not only have all three games involving these teams served up at least three goals, they have all delivered five or more.

Recommended Bet
Back over 2.5 goals @ [1.86]