Kick-off: 1230, 26/07/2018
Stadium: National Stadium, Kallang
Arsenal look well placed to avenge last season’s Europa League loss to Atletico Madrid when they meet in the International Champions Cup in Singapore.
Unai Emery will be keen to make an instant impression with the Gunners, while Diego Simeone must do without several key players not yet back from World Cup duty.
Punters can get 5/4 for the London outfit to prevail and that is our opening Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal prediction.
A Look At Atletico Madrid’s Betting Odds
Atletico Madrid finished last term on a high, securing second place in LaLiga and claiming Europa League glory.
After beating Arsenal 2-1 on aggregate in the semis, Los Colchoneros destroyed Marseille 3-0 in the decider, with Antoine Griezmann bagging a brace.
However, Griezmann and defender Lucas Hernandez are rested following France’s World Cup heroics, along with major new recruit Thomas Lemar.
Highly-rated keeper Jan Oblak does make the trip, but Uruguay centre-halves Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez are still on holiday.
The same applies to Spain trio Koke, Saul Niguez and Diego Costa, with Simeone clearly keen to have his key men fully recuperated for the UEFA Super Cup clash with Real Madrid on August 15.
A Look At Arsenal’s Betting Odds
Emery made a statement of intent when asked about his tactical approach after succeeding Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger, simply declaring: “I want to win.”
The Gunners were not exactly noted for their battling qualities during the final years of Wenger’s long and illustrious reign, but the new manager clearly means business.
“For me, the most important thing is to be and to create one competitive team,” added former PSG boss Emery. “And then, we have the quality.”
Summer signings Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira all look rock-solid additions and back up the view that Arsenal’s fragile days are over.
Emery has not been hampered by losing many key men to the World Cup, with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey ready for duty.
Some players are rested, but Mesut Ozil’s presence will be seen as a positive move following Germany’s early exit, even if this week’s controversial international retirement was a distraction.
We feel the Gunners go into this tournament in good shape, with a strong and well-rested squad eager to impress the incoming regime.
Let’s add 9/2 for the English side to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 to our Atletico Madrid vs Arsenal betting tips.
ATLETICO MADRID 2-2 Eibar – Fernando Torres (2)
Huddersfield 0-1 ARSENAL – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Head-to-head: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Arsenal, Arsenal 1-1 Atletico Madrid
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