Lukaku to score more than once in the U.S. rendition of the Manchester derby?
One of the great European club derbies arrives in the United States this week, when Manchester City face Manchester United in the International Champions Cup. The Blues take on the Red Devils overseas for the first time at the NRG Stadium in Houston, and fans will be anxious to get a glimpse of those expensive summer squad additions.
City recently made Kyle Walker football's most expensive defender, and it will be interesting to see how Romelu Lukaku fares in his first assignment against an English club while wearing a United shirt. Lukaku is a 13/2 chance to score two goals or more in the game with bet365, and that could be popular with punters, given how sharp he looked in scoring his first United goal against Real Salt Lake recently.
The powerful Belgian has been signed along with Victor Lindelof, despite Jose Mourinho's recent claim that the inflated market has left some players "impossible" to buy. It's a huge season for Mourinho and opposite number Pep Guardiola, with both bosses under pressure to mount credible Premier League challenges this season. Neither side looked a serious title threat to Chelsea last term, and having lavished more hard cash on new signings, the Manchester clubs will be expected to be there or thereabouts this time around.
It would be difficult to call the outcome of this match with any degree of certainty, given that both managers are likely to rotate their teams, but one would expect it to be an open, expansive affair on U.S. soil with goals firmly on the agenda. "Over 3.5 goals" is a 13/8 shout with bet365 and looks solid under the circumstances.
Elsewhere, the CONCACAF Gold Cup has reached the quarterfinals stage, and the pick of the last eight bets could be Canada to beat Jamaica.
Neither side has yet to set the tournament ablaze, but Canada, led by the wily Octavio Zambrano, look the pick here. They are unbeaten in 2017, and after beating French Guiana in their opening match of the tournament 4-2, they posted solid draws against Costa Rica and Honduras. They would have won that game against Honduras quite handily too but for a sensational performance from Honduran goalkeeper Luis Lopez.
Teenage sensation Alphonso Davies has been their main man so far, chipping in with three goals in as many games. The Vancouver Whitecaps prodigy is just 16 but has shown a maturity in front of goal way beyond his years. He has almost certainly been the most exciting player of the tournament to date and won't fear Jamaica here, while defensive midfielder Samuel Piette has also been rock-solid for Canada in their first three matches.
Jamaica have a higher FIFA ranking than Canada, but the Reggae Boyz are a team struggling for goals, having scored more than one goal in a game just once in their past nine attempts, and Canada look a smart play at bet365.