2019 International Champions Cup Preview

The International Champions Cup (ICC) heads into its seventh year now firmly established as an important of the pre-season schedule for top club sides.

The tournament gives fans around the world the chance to watch some of football’s biggest stars and gives the clubs meaningful warm-up matches ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur are the reigning ICC champions having claimed top spot in the table ahead of Borussia Dortmund last time around.

There will be 16 venues for this year’s ICC spread across the United States, Europe and Asia, with a total of 12 teams taking part. The competition is a single table format guaranteeing each side three games.

Teams receive three points for a win, two for a penalty shoot-out win, one point for a shoot-out defeat and zero points for a loss. If a match is tied at the end of normal time, it will be decided by a penalty shoot-out in accordance with FIFA rules.

The action gets underway on July 16 as Serie A side AS Roma face Mexican outfit Chivas de Guadalajara in Chicago. Arsenal begin their ICC campaign the following day when they take on German giants Bayern Munich in Los Angeles.

Punters have a great opportunity to place a goliath bet over the next few days, with eight games scheduled between Saturday, July 20, and the following Tuesday.

Manchester United will parade their new signings against Inter Milan on the Saturday, with a sell-out crowd expected at the National Stadium in Singapore.

Juventus against Spurs should be one to watch in the same venue the following day, while Arsenal’s clash with Real Madrid in Washington on July 23 could be an epic battle.

Juventus and Inter Milan go head-to-head in Nanjing on the Wednesday, while Spurs and Man Utd will be eager to make a statement when they meet in Shanghai the following day.

The Madrid derby between Real and Atletico at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on July 26 could be a cracker, with the fixture being played outside of Europe for the very first time.

Man Utd’s game against AC Milan should attract a bumper crowd to Cardiff on August 3, while Spurs’ meeting with Inter in North London the following day could be entertaining.

The final ICC match takes place on Saturday, August 10, as Atletico face Juventus at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.

2019 International Champions Cup schedule

Tuesday, July 16

AS Roma vs Chivas de Guadalajara – Chicago, SeatGeek Stadium

Wednesday, July 17

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich – Los Angeles, Dignity Health Sports Park

Saturday, July 20

Manchester United vs Inter – Singapore, National Stadium

Arsenal vs AS Roma – Charlotte, Bank of America Stadium

Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid – Houston, NRG Stadium

Benfica vs Chivas de Guadalajara – Bay Area, Levi’s® Stadium

Sunday, July 21

Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur – Singapore, National Stadium

Tuesday, July 23

Real Madrid vs Arsenal – Washington, D.C, FedEx Field

Bayern Munich vs AC Milan – Kansas City, Arrowhead Stadium

Chivas de Guadalajara vs Atletico Madrid – Arlington, Texas, Globe Life Park in Arlington

Wednesday, July 24

Juventus vs Inter – Nanjing, Nanjing Olympic Sports Complex

AS Roma vs Benfica – New York, Red Bull Arena

Thursday, July 25

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United – Shanghai, Hongkou Football Stadium

Friday, July 26

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid – New York, MetLife Stadium

Sunday, July 28

AC Milan vs Benfica – Boston, Gillette Stadium

Saturday, August 3

Manchester United vs AC Milan – Cardiff, Principality Stadium

Sunday, August 4

Tottenham Hotspur vs Inter – London, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Saturday, August 10

Atletico Madrid vs Juventus – Stockholm, Friends Arena

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