If fans of “The Beautiful” game and avid punters could conceive of an event in which they literally could have it all it would be the International Champions Cup. In many ways the ICC is the ultimate soccer fantasy in which the best teams from the best leagues come together to play dream matches all over the world.
And yet in a classic case of having your cake and eating it too many old rivals from the same league will also hook up during International Champions Cup action. That is certainly going to be the case on Wednesday afternoon when English Premier League powers Arsenal and Chelsea will hook up in Ireland!
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2018 International Champions Cup Arsenal vs. Chelsea
Date and Time: Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 3 p.m. ET
Location: Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
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Arsenal vs. Chelsea TV Coverage: ESPN2
Aviva Stadium is located in Dublin Ireland and seats 51,700 fans. It stands on the same grounds as former Lansdowne Stadium which was demolished in 2007 and is home of the Irish Rugby Union team and the Republic of Ireland football team. The Stadium opened in 2011 and is the nation’s first and only UEFA Elite Stadium. It is slated to play host to the UEFA Euro 2020.
Tough Start for Arsenal
Arsenal lost a tough opening International Champions Cup match to Atletico Madrid in which the teams played to a 1-1 draw before Atletico Madrid got the win on penalties 3-1. The match took place in Singapore and Arsenal actually showed well by forcing Atletico Madrid to make five saves and in holding a 61% ball possession rate.
In their second ICC match Arsenal blew apart French super power Paris Saint Germain by a score of 5-1 as Alexandre Lacazette scored two goals in the victory. Arsenal carried the play with a 56% possession rate and 11 shots on goal while permitting Paris SG just three shots on goal. Also scoring for the gunners was Mesut Ozil, Rob Holding, and Eddie Nketiah. A record crowd of over 50,300 saw the game in the oppressive heat and humidity of Singapore National Stadium.
Chelsea face Inter Milan in their ICC opener and showed well in a shootout win after the teams played to a 1-1 draw. The Penalty session went to Chelsea 5-4. Chelsea had an impressive 58% ball possession rate against Inter Milan and had a 6-4 advantage in the shots on goal department. It was the only ICC match for Chelsea thus far.
What to Know, Watch and Expect from Arsenal
Arsenal is a tradition laded historic “Big Four” franchise from the English Premier League that has won 13 league titles. Befitting such a marquee brand is the fact that they boast a world-renowned genius in manager Arsene Wenger, who has been in charge since 1996 as the longest serving manager in Europe. Wenger is a demanding perfectionist that has formed one of the best ball control teams in the world.
What to Know, Watch and Expect from Chelsea
Chelsea is one of the most successful teams in the English Premier League since its reformation in 1992. In fact, in the new look EPL Chelsea has won five league titles and has also posted a UEFA Champions League title. While not free wheeling the Blues were the second highest scoring squad in the last EPL season. Chelsea is celebrated as one of the truly great counter attacking teams in the game.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea Free Picks
While a lot of top line players are out on holiday and will be missing from the lineup the one thing that remains the same is Arsenal’s tactics and leadership of the great Wenger.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea Pick: Bet the money line on Arsenal
Arsenal vs. Chelsea Score Prediction: Arsenal 1, Chelsea 0
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