There are just 10 days remaining of the Premier League transfer window and, as usual, Tottenham Hotspur are leaving it late. They are yet to make any additions, with their main business the new contracts for Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Kane, so it is hard to see how they can push on from last season and offer a genuine title challenge. Their major aim will be to win a first piece of silverware since the League Cup over a decade ago.
The pre-season International Champions Cup competition, then, offers Spurs the chance to face top-class opposition ahead of their first game of the season against Newcastle United next Saturday. Performance and results in the United States have been positive for the Londoners: they beat Roma 4-1 before drawing with Spanish champions Barcelona. The game against Milan in the early hours of Wednesday is the penultimate match for Tottenham, though Pochettino is still awaiting the return of his key players that reached the latter stages of the World Cup – Harry Kane, Toby Alderweireld, Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli are among the stars that are doubts to be ready for the start of the campaign.
Milan drew with Manchester United in their ICC opener and will be buoyed by the news that they will be allowed to compete in the Europa League after all having seen their ban overturned. A further boost is the news that Gonzalo Higuain is set to join on loan from Juventus as the Old Lady look to make room for new signing Cristiano Ronaldo, with Leonardo Bonucci heading back the other way just a year after joining.
The Italian giants have more time for preparations than their opponents – they kick-off their Serie A campaign on 19th August against Genoa – so coach Gennaro Gattuso may be more inclined to rotate his squad. His side are the underdogs in this game, but not by much – they can be backed at 2.90 to end their tour with victory. This is in contrast to Spurs’ 2.25, and there are other extensive betting options at Tipbet.com.