A tour to far flung corners of the globe is an essential for any highbrow Premier League club’s pre-season preparations.
Four top-flight factions are engaged in transatlantic money-spinning kickabouts and each member of the quartet are set to sample stateside glory in a multiple that pays just shy of 7/1.
Manchester United to beat Roma @ 17/20
The Red Devils kicked off the Louis van Gaal era with a resounding win over LA Galaxy and look set to continue this run against the Serie A runners up of last season.
After scoring seven against the Galaxy – the same number they fired in a Champions League meeting with the Giallorossi in 2006/07 – United’s frontline will be keen to test themselves against a resolute Roma backline.
The Italians didn’t look anywhere near as convincing as their English counterparts in scraping a 1-0 victory over a Liverpool side bereft of several first-team starters when pressed into action last time.
Arsenal to beat New York Red Bulls @ 12/25
Thierry Henry’s winged Big Apple outfit have been grounded of late, failing to win all bar two of their last 11 games.
Taking Arsenal’s two post-regulation time wins over Wigan and Hull in the FA Cup into consideration, they’ve triumphed in every match following a 3-0 loss to Everton back in early April and shouldn’t have too much trouble augmenting that run here.
Tottenham to beat Chicago Fire @ 9/20
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have scored exactly three goals in each of their previous three matches, two of which occurring on their current US tour.
Only once in six have the Fire notched more than a solo goal and their recent attacking ineptitude will land them in trouble against the Lilywhites.
Aston Villa to beat Houston Dynamo @ evens
The Villans brief foray to Texas concludes in Houston, where they’ll be looking to build on their 2-0 win over Dallas last time out.
They stand an excellent chance of doing so against a team that’s shipped at least two goals in each of their previous five matches.