Soccer fans continue to enjoy a large buffet of dream matchups with the continuation of the International Champions Cup and Thursday will maintain the excitement with a match of two more marquee clubs from Europe’s top professional leagues.
In Atletico De Madrid and Arsenal football aficionados and punters will have a superb matchup to enjoy and handicap. This big-time showdown epitomizes what the ICC is all about. The best teams from the best leagues from all over the world playing all over throughout the globe!
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2018 International Champions Cup Atletico Madrid vs. Arsenal
Date and Time: Thursday, July 26, 2018, 7:35 a.m. ET
Location: National Stadium, Kallang
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National Stadium in Kallang, Singapore has a seating capacity of 55,000 and was opened in 2014.
Few football clubs can match the cache of Arsenal, an original member of the English Premier League. In fact, they are part of the EPL’s historic “Big Four.” Arsenal has a great history and tradition of 13 EPL championships and has also been crowned with 13 FA Cup titles. The only thing missing from Arsenal’s resume is a Champions League title. In manager Arsene Wenger they have one of the most respected and elite coaches anywhere on earth.
Meet Atletico De Madrid
Atletico Madrid is a ten-time champion of La Liga with its last title there occurring in 2014. Under the leadership of manager Diego Simeone, they have enjoyed a resurgence in which they made two Champions League finals in three seasons. While usually in the shadow of Real Madrid, Atletico has been able to garner their share of attention as a top shelf franchise in their own right.
Arsenal Style and Tactics
The great Wenger is a purist and perfectionist that demands that goals not merely be scored but be scored ‘the right way.” Only champion Manchester City had a better possession percentage than Arsenal in the recently completed Premier League season. Wenger wants Arsenal passing and possessing at maximum efficiency.
Atletico De Madrid Style and Tactics
Atletico is one of the most difficult teams that a good football club could possibly try to beat as their style and tactics are a main reason as to why. It begins with a rock-ribbed defensive set up with each player carrying important responsibility in making it work. Atletico will sit back and deep and suffocate space behind them with the idea of taking the counter attack from there. Few teams anywhere in the world permit less goals than Atletico Madrid. This makes for a fascinating matchup against such an offensive oriented team like Arsenal.
Arsenal Key Players
The arrival of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang gives Arsenal vastly increased firepower. He is known as a goal scoring machine and was paid $78 million to fill the net for Arsenal. Mesut Ozil is a superb playmaker that controls the tempo and attack. He has tremendous guile as a playmaker and can create opportunities where none seem possible. In fact, no player in Premier League history has reached 50 assists quicker.
Atletico De Madrid Key Players
Antoine Griezmann is one of the premier strikers in the game anywhere. A truly dominant scorer, Griezmann is coming into his prime at age 27 and was an integral part of France’s World Cup championship.
Atletico Madrid vs. Arsenal Free Picks
Offensively Arsenal has the upper hand but that is offset by the air tight Atletico Madrid defense that has taken the air away from top opponents for many years. Look for Atletico Madrid to stifle the talented Arsenal club and shut down their chances.
Atletico Madrid vs. Arsenal Pick: Bet the money line on Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid vs. Arsenal Score Prediction: Atletico Madrid 1, Arsenal 0
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