This summer will be the sixth edition of the International Champions Cup, with the competition seen as the premier pre-season event for clubs from across Europe. It pits together the biggest sides and Bayern Munich kick-off against Paris Saint-Germain, the German and French champions.
Both teams will once again be major favourites to win their respective leagues in 2018/19, but their attention will be on seriously challenging for the Champions League, something that both have struggled to do in recent seasons. Bayern have yet to make an impact on the summer transfer window, with Leon Goretzka arriving on a free from Schalke the only addition for new manager Niko Kovac, who has taken over on a three-year contract after Jupp Heynckes’s temporary stint last season.
Kovac will know that to compete for Europe’s biggest prize he will need to organise some new faces before the window closes on 31st August. Germany’s surprising exit at this summer’s World Cup showed that the core of his squad – Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller – are in need of rejuvenation, and that is on top of the ageing Arturo Vidal and Arjen Robben.
Paris, meanwhile, have added Gianluigi Buffon on a free transfer with the Italian legend looking for a final challenge in his glittering career. Having also made Kylian Mbappe’s transfer from Monaco permanent, money is short so new coach Thomas Tuchel is likely to have to work with the same squad of players as last season.
The two giants meet at the Wörthersee Stadion in Austria on Saturday and, due to the World Cup, many of their leading players will be unavailable. That makes the outcome harder to call, but at Tipbet.com Bayern are strong favourites at 1.60 to outright claim the win. It is also 1.50 that both sides find the back of the net; given that it is still early in pre-season, substitutions will be plentiful, and the tactical shape of both sides is likely to be compromised somewhat, with youngsters given game time.