While Paris Saint Germain is one of the hottest brands going in France they were humbled in their International Champions Cup opener against Munich. The 3-1 setback certainly got the attention of punters. However, as bad as the opener was the fact remains that Paris SG remains a fully capable squad.
Meanwhile Arsenal suffered a tough loss to Atletico Madrid on penalties which followed a 1-1 regulation score in their ICC opener. It will be hard to find a more attractive matchup of powers from their respective leagues than Arsenal and Paris Saint Germain. They will meet on Saturday in one of the best ICC matchups yet this year.
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2018 International Champions Cup Arsenal vs. Paris SG
Date and Time: Saturday, July 28, 2018, 7:35 a.m. ET
Location: National Stadium, Kallang
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Arsenal vs. Paris SG TV Coverage: ESPN2
National Stadium in Kallang, Singapore seats 55,000 and was opened in June of 2014. It is a multipurpose stadium that has hosted many international soccer matches through the years.
Humbling Start for PSG
Paris Saint Germain is the top team in France that has won five league titles in their last six seasons while posting five consecutive Coupe de Ligue trophies in that span. They have also posted three consecutive Coupe de France competitions. Paris SG is also a two-time winner of the International Champions Cup. With a record of such dominant success their 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich was quite the slap in the face. Bayern Munich, the fabled top franchise from Germany, dominated play and had to make only one save in the match. Paris SG actually got the first goal of the match from Tim Weah at the 31-minute mark before the German blitz began at the 60-minute mark and ended 18 minutes later after the third goal. In fact, Bayern Munich hit the goal post on two other occasions in that devastating second half.
Arsenal Goes toe to toe With Spanish Power
Although Arsenal also lost their International Champions Cup opener they were more impressive than Paris Saint Germain in doing so. In playing Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw the traditional English Premier League power can take some heart despite losing the penalty round 3-1. Arsenal is a proud squad that has won 13 EPL championships in its history and has also taken 13 FA Cup titles as well. Atletico Madrid was forced into making five saves in the match which was indicative of Arsenal’s ability to take the attack.
What to Watch with Paris Saint Germain
Paris Saint Germain combines superior ball control tactics with scoring ability to rate as the top team in France. In fact, no team in their league has scored more goals or had the most possession time in the last season. Under the leadership of manager Unai Emery, Paris SG has developed a system that gets the very best out of its talented roster. The key to Emery’s genius is that he has created a style that emphasizes the attack and yet does not sacrifice defense in the process.
What to Watch with Arsenal
Arsenal is led by one of the most respected managers in the world in Arsene Wenger. While a demanding perfectionist for sure Wenger is also an undeniable genius. Few teams on earth can match Arsenal’s ability to maintain possession. And with $78 million striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang they have the weaponry to strike at any time.
Arsenal vs. Paris SG Free Picks
In this matchup of two possession-oriented teams the difference will likely come down to Aubameyang. Paris Saint Germain’s opening stink bomb has rightfully given all pause for concern.
Arsenal vs. Paris SG Pick: Bet the money line on Arsenal
Arsenal vs. Paris SG Score Prediction: Arsenal 2, Paris Saint Germain 1
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