Juventus v Tottenham – Melbourne Cricket Ground at 11:00 live on Sky Sports 1
Tottenham begin their pre-season preparations tomorrow morning with a tough test against Juventus at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in the Australian bracket of the International Champions Cup.
Spurs enjoyed an excellent season in the Premier League last year but after challenging for the title until very late on, they will have been disappointed with how they finished their campaign. Their poor ending to the season not only saw their title challenge fall away, but they were also beaten to second place by fierce North London rivals Arsenal.
With a third place finish though, they have qualified for the Champions League for only the second time and this friendly against Juve along with their second ICC match against UCL finalists Atletico Madrid will provide good tests for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
The Lilywhite’s arrived in Melbourne on Friday without a host of key names including England players Delle Ali, Eric Dyer, Harry Kane and Kyle Walker. Also left at home after the European Championships are Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, Mousa Dembele and the injured Jan Vertonghen, amongst others.
New signings, Vincent Janssen and Victor Wanyama have travelled with the team and we should see them in action at some point against Juve or Ateltico.
Juventus began their pre-season in the International Champions Cup last Friday with a win over Melbourne City, kicking off 6 friendlies before the Italian season begins next month. As well as playing in Australia they have a friendly in Hong Kong and in London at the opening of West Ham’s new stadium.
The Old Lady will head into the new campaign looking for their sixth consecutive Scudetto and manager Massimiliano Allegri has been busy in the Summer transfer window. He has already brought in right-back Dani Alves and defender Mehdi Benatia, along with midfielders Marko Pjaca and Miralem Pjanic.
The rumours continue linking Paul Pogba to Man Utd and the reports of a world record bid but Allegri will have his players focussed on getting themselves back into top condition before the season starts
If this match was to be played in the Champions League, Juventus would be strong favourites to win, but with both sides leaving a number of big names at home, and it being a friendly, there is nothing to separate the two sides in the market.
Juventus have a lot more experience, even their younger and fringe players, playing in these sort of pre-season friendly tournaments around the globe, than Tottenham do. It will be a tough test for both sides and one that will certainly help them in preparing for the new season, but Juve edge this for me and are value on the Asian Handicap betting market.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Juventus +/- 0 at 1.96
Prices correct at time of writing.
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