Antonio Conte's men are yet to get their pre-season up and running, but Al Hain-Cole expects their new strikeforce to start paying dividends when they take on The ToffeesEverton begin their tour of the USA on Wednesday night, with a high-profile clash against Juventus at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.
Roberto Martinez’s men have recorded 4-1 and 3-1 wins over Accrington Stanley and Blackburn Rovers respectively in their last two pre-season friendlies, but are outsiders at 15/4 (3.75) with bet365 to record a victory over the Italian champions.
The Bianconeri finished second in of the exhibition TIM Trophy after a penalty shootout defeat to AC Milan following two goalless draws, but are favourites at 7/10 (1.70) to emerge victorious in this match.
Alternatively, you can get odds of 11/4 (3.75) on Antonio Conte’s men being held to yet another stalemate for their third pre-season match in a row.
Despite the disappointing performance in the TIM Trophy, there is a real optimism in Turin about the upcoming season for Antonio Conte’s men.
Having won Serie A at a canter for the second season in a row, many saw the 4-0 aggregate Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich as a sign of how far the Italian champions are lagging behind their European counterparts, but the German side’s 7-0 win over Barcelona in the next round soon cast that result in a more sympathetic light.
In reality, it seemed that the Italians were only a top class striker or two away from rubbing shoulders with the continental elite, and the acquisition of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente should go some way to resolving that.
While they may have been unable to break the deadlock in their two 45 minute games against Sassuolo and Milan, Conte’s men should have more joy in a full match against a side who have failed to keep a clean sheet in friendlies against Austria Wien, Accrington Stanley and Blackburn so far, meaning those odds of 7/10 (1.70) are very appealing on an Italian victory.
In fact, Juventus kept an amazing 19 clean sheets on their way to winning 27 of their 38 league games last season, so are definitely worth backing at 21/10 (3.10) to continue their pre-season record of not conceding so far in a victory in California.
|Juventus to win at 7/10 (1.70) with bet365
||Juventus to win to nil at 21/10 (3.10) with bet365
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