Juventus’ summer of extensive squad building means that they are among the favourites to claim the Champions League for a third time, with Cristiano Ronaldo clearly the flagship addition. The Portuguese is still recovering from his exploits at this summer’s World Cup for Portugal, however, and will miss the friendly against his former club Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup in the early hours of Sunday.
Regardless, it is still going to be a fascinating encounter as both teams edge towards competitive fixtures. The friendly at the FedEx Field in Maryland is the Old Lady’s fourth and final pre-season game and they are unbeaten to this point, recording a win over Bayern Munich before beating Benfica and the MLS All-Stars on penalties.
Max Allegri’s side travel to Chievo on 18th August in their Serie A opener as they target winning an eighth consecutive Scudetto, and that is likely to be the game that Ronaldo makes his bow – even at 33 years of age, the forward is 1.85 to finish as the top scorer in Italy with Tipbet’s plentiful season bets.
Real Madrid have also been hit by their star players being on holiday over the summer, and in their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United they were missing Toni Kroos, Marcelo and Raphael Varane among others. Los Blancos have a further friendly against Roma to prepare for competitive fixtures, and they also have the UEFA Super Cup against Atletico Madrid before playing Getafe in La Liga. Julen Lopetegui may have a big new name by that point having so far failed to acquire a marquee Ronaldo replacement.
Even though the ICC is a friendly competition, Tipbet.com still has a plethora of markets for each and every match. There are 96 for Sunday’s fixture and Real are 2.10 to bounce back from their United loss to claim the win inside 90 minutes. Juventus are clearly opponents of high quality, as well as being unbeaten since April in all competitions, so the Italian champions are at 3.05 for a win. Other top games this weekend include Milan vs Barcelona.