Pre-Season Friendlies: Back West Ham to lose and Chelsea to leak

Thibaut Courtois was both a goal-saving and goalscoring hero in the shootout against Paris St-Germain
Thibaut Courtois was both a goal-saving and goalscoring hero in the shootout against Paris St-Germain
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"Of the dozen encounters in the North American competition to date, ten saw both-teams-to-score backers profit, including all four of the ones to have featured Chelsea and Barcelona."

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score in Chelsea v Barcelona @ [1.7]

Norwich [2.0] v West Ham [4.9]; The Draw [3.35]
Tuesday, 19:45
Live on Mustard TV

Concerns that Norwich haven't conducted enough transfer business thus far to suggest that they will avoid a season of struggling to swerve the drop appear justified, with West Brom cast-offs Youssuf Mulumbu and Graham Dorrans remaining the only additions. The latter was already there on loan.

If you share the suspicion, odds of [2.18] are offered on the Canaries making an instant return to the Championship. Watford are the sole side priced shorter in the relegation betting market at [1.79].

However, despite those doubts, they look a great bet at [2.0] to win this all-Premier League friendly, which is arranged to mark the 80-year anniversary of their first ever competitive match at Carrow Road, when West Ham were the visitors.

The Irons can't afford to put out a very strong team because their next Europa League qualifier occurs 48 hours later, while even the second string may be too tired to start having participated in a 0-0 draw at Charlton on Saturday.

This is the lowest priority game in a run of four in eight days. They didn't score in three-and-a-half hours in the first two. As if that isn't enough reason to oppose Slaven Bilic's men, their best XI lost 3-1 on their previous trip to Norfolk in November 2013, during Norwich's relegation campaign.

Recommended Bet: Back Norwich to win @ [2.0]


Chelsea [2.9] v Barcelona [2.42]; The Draw [3.5]
Wednesday, 01:05
Live on Sky Sports 1 and Chelsea TV

Barcelona won every trophy that they fought for in 2014/15, but appear to have found their Kryptonite in the form of the International Champions Cup. After opening respectably enough with a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy, a 3-1 loss to Manchester United conclusively derailed their challenge.

Chelsea won't be posing with the pre-season honour either. They are seventh out of ten in the North American section having fulfilled two of their four fixtures, losing 4-2 to the New York Red Bulls and coming from behind to beat Paris St-Germain on penalties.

You could argue that the tournament is poorer for the fact that two of the four Champions League favourites - Barcelona head that market at [3.95], with Chelsea fourth at [9.4] - aren't in contention, yet it is intriguing to have the Red Bulls leading Europe's elite, though Man United are likely to retain.

It hasn't just been unpredictability fuelling the entertainment - there have been lashings of goals too. Of the dozen encounters in the North American competition to date, ten saw both-teams-to-score backers profit, including all four of the ones to have featured Chelsea and Barcelona.

Recommended Bet: Back both teams to score @ [1.7]

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