Under a cloud of transfer pandemonium it’s easy to forget pre-season friendlies are in full swing.
For those caught up in the ‘who’s going where?’ soap opera, the news.bwin.com team have sniffed out and dug up a fourfold comprised of today/tonight’s non-competitive clashes featuring a few of the main trading protagonists.
It’s a multiple that returns a heady payday north of 24/1 should results go our way; what better way to brighten up the last day at the grindstone?
Man Utd to beat Club America @ 11/25
International Champions Cup winners from 2014, the Red Devils return Stateside looking to retain their crown.
Their defence commences against Mexico’s Club America, whom they should have little trouble toppling judging by their form in last season’s edition.
A considerably weaker United than the delegate that’s gone transatlantic scored three in each of their games with Roma, Real Madrid and Liverpool to win them all.
Sporting Braga to beat Aston Villa @ 5/4
The Villans are the first of a raft of English opponents Braga are scheduled to face in the coming days, with Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday all booked into the pre-season calendar.
Judging from Tim Sherwood’s side’s non-competitive form, it should be a victorious start for the Portuguese outfit.
Villa were beaten comfortably by Championship also-rans Fulham last weekend, which means they’ve won one friendly (against League One strugglers Walsall) from five.
Al Ittihad to beat QPR @ 31/10
QPR opted to challenge themselves in their first friendly, taking on the Mighty Monaco.
Unsurprisingly, this high-brow venture ended in a 1-0 reverse for the west London yo-yo club.
Having lost to the likes of Leipzig and PAOK in recent pre-seasons, as well as failing to beat Leyton Orient and Southend – the only sides they’ve bested across the past seven friendly games are League of Ireland outfits Shamrock Rovers and Athlone Town – an R’s victory can’t be depended on here.
Ipswich win or draw double chance v Fortuna Dusseldorf @ 91/100
Pre-season festivities began in emphatic fashion for the Tractor Boys, who routed Shelbourne 6-0 before heading off to Germany.
The demolition of the Irish outfit was the 15th non-competitive game in succession where Mick McCarthy’s men dodged defeat, 12 of which ended in triumph.
Dusseldorf are nowhere near as formidable in friendly fixtures; they’ve lost three in succession and have one victory to show from their previous eight outings.