Betting on the International Champions Cup 2018
Starting this July is football's biggest pre-season friendly tournament, the International Champions Cup. The 2018 tournament is set to be the biggest yet, with matches taking place across China and Australia, as well as the US.
Still haven't decided where to place your bets for the Cup? Take a look at this information to help make your decision.
Betting on the ICC
The US phase of the International Champions Cup officially kicks off on Saturday 11th July with LA Galaxy facing Club América in California. That means that the UK's operators have started rolling out their odds for the first matches of the tournament, so it's time to get researching if you're thinking of getting in on the action.
William Hill and Bet365 are currently the frontrunners, but it's a good idea to take a look at the odds offered on their websites and make a few comparisons before committing your money.
The ICC is the official kick-off to the football pre-season and the first chance to see the teams in action before the real matches begin. It can be difficult knowing where to place your bets as pre-season is typically the time for managers to shuffle the team around.
So you should expect experimental formations, more substitutions at half time and some added risk.
The ones to watch
It's definitely advisable to bet with your head and not your heart when it comes to the International Champions Cup.
There are 15 teams in the tournament, but don't be tempted to opt straight for your home team even if they're on the fixtures. Checking out all the odds and wagering strategically is essential to making the most of your funds.
Get clued-up on the tounament's favourites first:
One of the most iconic football clubs on the globe and the English league's most successful team ever, it's always worth bearing Manchester United's chances in mind when placing a bet in football.
Not to mention that Man Utd are the ICC's reigning champions following the 2014 tournament, so watch this space.
It'll be interesting to see what Louis van Gaal has in store for the Red Devils this year. There are rumours brewing that he intends to finalize the sale of David de Gea to Real Madrid and Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce before the ICC kicks off, so it's possible that we could be looking at an XI made up exclusively of Van Gaal buys.
What's more, with Hernandez's injury and the expiration of Falcao's loan, it looks like captain Wayne Rooney could be the only senior striker left on the team.
Man Utd have got four matches spread over 13 days in the International Champions Cup:
The second English team in the tournament is Chelsea FC, and, as the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League champions and the 2013 UEFA Europa League trophyholders, they're not a bad bet either.
As for the Blues, naturally the line-up is pretty unpredictable but there is word that manager José Mourinho could be looking at loaning out striker Loïc Rémy to Beşiktaş after all, following the acquisition of striker Radamel Falcao.
There are four opportunities to wager on Chelsea in this year's International Champions Cup:
Manchester City FC
Playing in the Australian schedule is the third and last English team in the International Championship Cup this year, Manchester City.
With a total of 26 major trophies under their belt, including the European Cup Winners' Cup, Man City are on strong form.
If you're considering wagering on Manchester City this July it's worth bearing in mind that manager Manuel Pellegrini is thought to be in the throws of making one final bid for striker Raheem Sterling of Liverpool.
You have two chances to back Man City in the International Champions Cup this year:
Where it all began
The International Champions Cup is a relatively young tournament, having only been established in 2013. Its creation took the usual European pre-season tour to international heights, beginning with just eight teams playing across six cities in the US to a tournament spanning three countries.
Within the space of three years the ICC has drawn big European powerhouse teams to play, including Man Utd, Liverpool and Manchester City in the 2014 edition.
Last year's tournament was divided into two group stages with the following results:
The final saw Manchester United take out Liverpool 3-1 for the 2014 title.