Barcelona vs Leicester City:
International Champions Cup,
Date: Wednesday, 3-August-2016
Kick-off: 7 pm UK,
Venue: Friends Arena (Solna).
Battle of champions will go down in the International Champions Cup when Spanish Champions Barcelona and English Champions Leicester City will face each other at Stockholm Sweden.
Barcelona will enter the game from a 3-1 victory against Scottish side Celtic at Aviva Stadium last Saturday. The 4 goals of the game all came in the first 45 minutes. Arda Turan scored the opener in the 11th minute via aleix Vidal’s assist, but Leigh Griffiths pulled Celtic level in the 29th minute. Later Celtic’s Efe Ambrose put the ball on his own net before Spanish Striker El Haddadi finished it off in the 41st minute.
This will be the Spanish side’s second game in this summer pre-season friendly as they have undergone two months rest after Copa Del Rey final victory against Sevilla.
Ranieri’s Leicester City are coming from a 4-0 smashing by Paris Saint-Germain at StubHub Center Carson on Sunday. The Foxes won their first fixture of the tournament against Celtic on penalties. Their star striker Jamie Vardy sat out throughout the game and he is expected not to feature again.
Barcelona vs Leicester City: Head to Head
Both teams have never had any record of previous meetings and this will be their first ever meeting.
Barcelona are successful against English clubs, they played 72 matches against English side and have won 31 times, they have lost 20 games and drawn 21 games.
Barcelona vs Leicester City: Prediction
Barcelona looked in fine touch in the 3-1 win against Celtic in their first warm-up match of the pre-season. While Leicester City struggled against a quality side like PSG. The Premier League champions are huge under dogs here against here. And it is upto Claudio Ranieri and his boys to prove that they are not a one-season wonder.
The La Liga giants may be missing the services of Neymar, but they are strong enough to see off the Foxes with the likes of Messi, Turan and Suarez in fine form.
I predict another stampede on Leicester City and back a 3-0 win for Barcelona.
Barcelona vs Leicester City: Tips
1. Over 2.5 goals
2. Handicap Barcelona (-1)