Pre-season friendly previews: Europe’s giants gear up for new season

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Roma v Tottenham and Milan v Manchester United pick of midweek action


This week sees the preparation for the new European domestic leagues heat up. Roma v Tottenham takes place this coming Wednesday (25 July) with Milan v Manchester United kicking off a day later.

Heading into the new Serie A season, Roma will be looking to close the gap at the top of the table, while Milan’s main aim over the next few months will surely be Champions League qualification. For the English clubs, both Tottenham and Manchester United will be expecting to mount serious title challenges over the course of the new Premier League campaign.

First things first

Before you go any further, head on over to the Oddsshark website, find your favourite betting agency and get your account up and running with your credit card. As a brand new customer and with Serie A and the Premier League both preparing for the big kick off, there should be plenty of special offers for you to take advantage of.

Where should I be investing my money?

First up, let’s have a look at the game between Roma and Tottenham. Both sides look evenly matched and there is very little to separate them.

The two teams had identical records last season. Both clubs finished third in their respective leagues; both teams amassed 77 points; both clubs won 23 games.

For that reason it is difficult to predict a winner and, looking at the most straightforward kind of bet you can make – on the outcome of a match – the odds are equal for these teams. Both Roma and Tottenham are at 2.60 to win this friendly match, with a draw priced slightly further out at 3.40, offering you the chance to more than triple your initial investment should you think this one will end in a stalemate.

Given the fact these two clubs look to be so evenly matched, you may well feel it would be safer to make a “Double Option” bet, allowing you the opportunity to choose two possible outcomes for the match rather than just one. A Roma win or a draw is priced at just 1.50, as is a Tottenham win or a draw, according to Oddsshark.

Meanwhile, you can back either side to pick up a win at the slightly shorter price of 1.30. Of course, it is never easy trying to predict the exact outcome of a match, but a 1-1 draw is priced at 6.50, meaning a US$5 bet would offer a US$32.50 pay out.

Odds: Roma (2.60), Tottenham (2.60), draw (3.40)

The following day, two of the biggest clubs in European football meet, when AC Milan take on Manchester United. Both clubs have lifted the UEFA Champions League in the last 15 years, and this should be an entertaining game.

United have already added Lee Grant, Fred and Diogo Dalot to their squad, and with Alexis Sanchez fully rested, the Chilean forward should be ready and raring to go. Given United’s spending power, it is understandable why they come into this match as the slight favourites to get a positive result.

You can back Manchester United to win this game at a price of 2.37, meaning you could potentially doubly your money should the Red Devils pull off the win. Milan, by way of comparison, are at the slightly higher price of 2.80 to walk away victorious.

Looking at both squads on paper, it is clear that it is the English club that have the technical superiority. Mourinho’s men finished in second place in the Premier League last season, behind only Manchester City.

Milan, meanwhile, finished sixth in Serie A, having won less than half of their league games. United should win this contest, and a 2-1 win for the English club is priced at 9.50, offering almost a ten-fold return on any investment.

The recent record between the two clubs is very close, with five wins apiece in the last 10 meetings. The most recent meeting came in the UEFA Champions League eight years ago, with United running out easy 4-0 winners.

While this match is likely to be far closer, you can still back United to be leading both at half time and the full time whistle at a price of 3.75. Both teams to score is at the short price of 1.53, while you could potentially more than double your money by backing “No” to that particular outcome at 2.37.

Under two goals in this game is priced high however at 4.33 Two or three goals is at 2.10, while over three goals sees that price rise slightly to 2.50.

Odds: Milan (2.80), Manchester United (2.37), draw (3.50)

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