While 2nd-ranked teams are fighting for their Champions League and Europa League spot in qualifiers, the tops teams in Europe are preparing for the new season with a series of high-class friendly matches.
<h2 style="text-align:center">Juventus vs. Bayern Munich</h2><p>After earning 3 points by beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in Austria, Niko Kovac new side Bayern Munich are flying out to the USA to play Serie A reigning champs Juventus. The Italian side are yet to play a warm-up game after winning Serie A and Italian Cup last season. Juventus new player Cristiano Ronaldo is being kept back from this as he chose to take up his annual China tour instead of joining his new side for the ICC in USA. He is expected to come back to training before the Serie A 1st round of fixtures so he will not face his former team Ream Madrid next month at the ICC.</p><p>Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich weren’t at full strength against the French giants Paris Saint-Germain but they were by far the better side being in control and winning in style. Their World Cup players will travel for the ICC in the USA but they will probably miss this 1st encounter against Juventus. This will be the 1st warm-up match for Juventus after kicking off their pre-season training on July 9, so it’s unlikely to see them at their highest level against the Bavarians. Juventus will be without Ronaldo, Dybala, Higuain, Cuadrado, Mandzukic, Costa, Matuidi, Benatia, Szczesny, Khedira while Bayern Munich will miss Neuer, Boateng, Müller, Hummels, Kimmich, Goretzka, James Rodriguez, Tolisso, Süle, Thiago, Lewandowski, Rudy.</p><p>The 2 managers are expected to give a chance to all their players to feature this match so we should see 2 new squads in the 2nd half on the game. Bayern should have enough to win this game but we also expect goals.</p><p><strong>Best pick for the match:</strong> Bayern Munich to win and over 1.5 goals at 2.67 with <a href="http://https://www.bookmakersreview.com/best-bookmakers/" rel="nofollow" title="Top Bookmakers">188Bet</a>.</p><p> </p><h2 style="text-align:center">Manchester City vs. Liverpool</h2><p>The Premier League reigning champs will travel to New Jersey to face their domestic rivals Liverpool for their 2nd International Champions Cup fixture. The 2 sides enter this match after both losing against Dortmund few days ago in their ICC opener. It’s really tough to predict a correct line-up in the pre-season friendlies as many players are still on holidays after the World Cup. But one thing is for sure, with every game the coaches are trying to find out the best possible starting XI.</p><p>For Liverpool, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are back to training and have traveled with their team but 99,9% they won’t perform against the Citizens. City’s new signing, Riyad Mahrez, played good in his 1st game for his new club and is likely to be given minutes in every single match till the start of the Premier League season as Pep Guardiola will like to see him in action and decide what role to give him. It’s tough to take much from their head-to-heads against Dortmund because of the squad heavy rotation. This should be a classic between 2 sides with huge depth and attacking firepower, an open match in which both should contribute on the scoreboard.</p><p><strong>Best pick for the match:</strong> Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at 1.75 with <a href="https://a.bookmakersreview.com/record/v?c=132&a=7af7edbc-c7ec-4f56-bafa-9208079a57d6&f=2" rel="nofollow">Coral</a>.</p>