With an extra 90 minutes of football under their belt this summer, Al Hain-Cole expects Unai Emery’s men to strike first versus a lethargic Bianconeri
Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus will both be trying to bounce back from defeat when they come face-to-face at the Hard Rock Stadium for Wednesday’s International Champions Cup clash.
Beaten 4-2 by Tottenham on Saturday, Les Parisiens are available at 11/5 (3.20) with bet365 to put that result behind them by coming out on top in Florida.
Meanwhile, Massimiliano Allegri’s men went down 2-1 to Barcelona in their first pre-season friendly of the summer, but are 23/20 (2.15) favourites to get off to winning ways in this one.
All draws are decided on penalties in this competition, and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on a shootout being required to separate the teams here.
Having cancelled a trip to Mexico that would have seen them take on Monterrey and Tigres due to a scheduling conflict, the Italian champions have started their preparations for the new campaign slightly later than originally planned.
This was fairly clear in their opening ICC match against Barca, when they went 2-0 down within just 26 minutes of kick-off in a rather rusty first half.
It was not until after half-time when the Bianconeri really got going, with Giorgio Chiellini’s goal helping to avoid a more convincing defeat.
If that performance is anything to go by, Allegri’s team will struggle to keep pace with a French side that should be in better shape thanks to the extra 90 minutes of exhibition football under their belt.
Indeed, Unai Emery’s team began their American tour with a 1-1 draw against Roma last Wednesday, before falling to defeat against Spurs in Orlando at the weekend.
Despite to win either of those matches, they did get off to good starts and took the lead within the first 45 minutes of each.
Considering their superior match fitness, odds of 6/5 (2.20) seem generous on PSG opening the scoring for the third consecutive game when they take on a Juventus team still scrambling to get up to speed this summer.