Soccer Betting Online: A clash between two international soccer clubs will go down Tuesday as fabled Juventus FC from Italy and Mexico City’s historic Club América square off in the Herbalife World Football Challenge.
The World Football Challenge tournament runs from July 13th to August 6th and caravans to cities across the U.S. and Canada. The participants include the two aforementioned clubs as well as Manchester United, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester City, Chivas de Guadalajara and Sporting Clube de Portugal. BookMaker sportsbook has World Football Challenge betting lines for every match under the “Club Friendlies” option in the soccer menu.
The Bianconeri were unpolished in their first preseason match. They were defeated by a sharper Sporting Clube de Portugal team 2-1 last Saturday at BMO Field.
Juventus is coming off a seventh-place finish during the Serie A 2010-11 campaign and is rebuilding many aspects of the team. Luca Toni put the impetus from Saturday’s loss on “getting trained” and not the outcome. The Bianconeri only managed three shots in the first half of action.
Along with Toni, the 27-man Juventus roster features five players that helped Italy win the 2006 World Cup including Gianluigi Buffon, Alessandro Del Piero, Fabio Grosso and Vincenzo Iaquinta.
Juventus didn’t fare well in New York last preseason. The Red Bulls defeated the club 3-1 last May. Juve has been stationed in Philadelphia since July 19 so there won’t be much travel involved.
This friendly exhibition game will allow the club’s new manager Antonio Conte to get work for most of his lineup as each team is allowed to make 11 substitutions.
Club América got their Apertura season started last Friday with a 2-1 victory over Queretaro. They cashed soccer betting lines as home favorites in the match.
This should be somewhat of a “walk-through” exhibition for the Eagles. They play at Toluca this weekend so most of their stars will see limited action Tuesday, if any.
One player almost certain to be resting is star striker Cristian Benitez. Club América shattered the previous domestic transfer record this offseason by signing Benitez for nearly $10 million. He netted the game-winning goal Friday.
The Eagles have a few studs that could see the pitch Tuesday including Vicente Vuoso, Daniel Marquez Palacios and Daniel Montenegro. That set of players combined for 32 goals last year.
Club América was defeated by Manchester City, 2-0, on July 16 in San Francisco. The out-of-league games don’t seem to mean that much and that’s why this team is a heavy underdog for Tuesday’s nationally televised affair on ESPN2.
The World Football Challenge betting lines for this match were released by BookMaker and Juventus surfaced as a -133 favorite. The total was set at 2.5 goals with the juice favoring the ‘over’ at -150. Club América is a +300 underdog while the ‘draw’ has odds of +240.
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