SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.A - The International Champions Cup 2013 is an eight team knockout tournament taking place in America. It gives the American audience a chance to see some of the biggest names in European football do battle as well a money-spinning trip for the clubs involved. AC Milan saw off Valencia in the opening game and up next is the Italian champions Juventus against Roberto Martinez's new look Everton.
The newly installed Everton boss has set lofty ambitions of taking his club to the Champions League and Thursdays match against Juventus gives his side an opportunity to take on the best, albeit in a friendly match.
Juventus are chalked up at a very respectable 1.75 with Paddy Power for victory while you can pick up odds of 5.00 with BetVictor on Everton springing a surprise. Finally the draw is available to back at 3.90 with the same firm.
Antonio Conte's men have won back-to-back Scudettos but reaching the business of the Champions League will be a priority this season and they have added the firepower of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente to boost their chances. While Llorente on a free transfer was a very astute piece of business, the signing of Carlos Tevez is a real statement of intent and should the Argentine start you would expect a routine victory for the Italians.
Pre-season friendlies can throw up a whole host of questions when looking at them from a punting perspective. What players will the managers pick? Where are they in terms of fitness and how motivated are they to win?
Nevertheless, there is always some decent value to found. The odds of 1.75 on a Juventus victory seem very generous to me, this would imply they have 57% of winning the game in 90 minutes and I would rate their chances nearer 65-70% despite it being a pre season friendly.
Everton, themselves, have been active in the transfer market too as Martinez looks to put his stamp on the club. Predictably, the former Wigan boss has raided his old club and signed Arouna Kone and Antolin Alcara. However, Martinez' biggest coup of the summer has been the loan signing of 19 year-old Barcelona starlet Gerard Deulofeu. But it will take some time for the new signings and Martinez' new ideas to bed in.
The Premier League side are ahead of their Italian rivals in terms of match fitness and I can see Everton nicking a goal, so the both teams to score price of 1.80 with BetVictor looks to be a good bet too, although stakes should be conservative. Ultimately Juventus have far superior quality and experience to call on and should have too much class for Everton.
The winner of the game will face the winner of Real Madrid/LA Galaxy, whilst the two losers will meet each other.
The game kicks off at 4 a.m. GMT on Thursday 1st August 2013 and can be streamed on Bet365.
Mark Smith's bet on this game: 3 pts on Juventus to win at 1.75 with Paddy Power
Mark Smith's bet on this game: 2 pts on Both teams to score at 1.80 with BetVictor