The football’s nearly back, you can feel it, sense it, with drips of International Challenge Cup action and other far-flung friendly tournaments whetting the appetite ahead of the big Premier League build up.
We’ve plucked a few tidy bets together spanning a couple of continents to bring you a treble that will pay out at just over 15/2, should all come off:
Eredivisie title winners PSV certainly seem to have a liking for the Dutch Super Cup, or Johan Cruyff Shield to give its full title, taking it more times (ten) than anyone since the trinket’s first run in 1996, lifting it that year and twelve months ago against Groningen.
Add in that PSV have been successful in their past three Johan Cruyff Shield appearances, allied with them beating Feyenoord home and away last season by a combined score of 5-1, and this price looks too big.
The club founded by Romania legend Gheorghe Hagi since 2009 made it to the European promised land through Liga 1 last term, albeit thanks to a side that finished in front of them dissolving.
Going into their first Europa League clash away to Belgian’s Gent following a 1-0 on the road domestically against Voluntari couldn’t have been better preparation, yet Viitorul were smashed 5-0, leading them back to the drawing board.
Hosting a Steaua side that saw them off four times last term, by a combined score of 8-1, isn’t what Hagi’s boys need right now.
The Gunners did well to see off an MLS All-Stars XI 2-1 in their first US tour fixture, with new signing Rob Holding and makeshift youngster Krystian Bielik covering Arsenal’s decimated centre-half ranks, but with further changes likely to be made by Arsene Wenger, this could be tougher.
MLS All-Stars were a thrown together, composite team, while Chivas are already three games deep into their Liga MX campaign, winning one match 1-0, losing another 1-0, and going down badly to Tijuana 4-0 last time out.
Against an Arsenal team likely to change substantially at half-time, if the last game is anything to go by, expect Chivas to be competitive in LA conditions that should suit them better.