AS Roma – Paris Saint-Germain Betting: Expect both teams to score

The North American leg of the pre-season tournament kick offs in Michigan with both attacks ready to blaze.

AS Roma take on Paris Saint-Germain in the 2017 edition of the International Champions Cup in the early hours of Thursday morning at Comerica Park, Detroit.

The Giallorossi ended their Serie A in second and while there was no real chance of threatening ultimate winners Juventus, accumulating 87 points from 38 games is a lot to feel happy about. The Italian capital club are (3.20) with LionsBet to win in Detroit.

PSG also finished second in Ligue 1, eight points behind champions Monaco. It was a disappointing season by their standards and will want to start the new campaign as strongly as possible. The same firm quotes the French capital outfit to win at odds of (2.00).

Edin Dzeko Mohamed Salah Roma Empoli Serie A

The last time these two sides met in a pre-season friendly was in 2010 and it ended in a 1-1 draw. Odds of (3.55) are on offer for a repeat outcome.

Despite pre-season results having very little importance other than players gaining match fitness, Roma and PSG have had solid performances during this period winning their last eight friendlies. They are priced at (1.55) and (1.25) respectively to avoid to defeat.

An average of three goals has been scored by either team within the aforementioned period. Goals shouldn’t be an issue in Detroit and we can thus expect to see such at (1.45).

One of the main strengths of either team is in attack as they boast of some of the most lethal forward men in the game. To that end, punters can back goal action at both ends of the pitch at (1.45) with LionsBet.

Edinson Cavani PSG Paris Saint-Germain

Edin Dzeko – who produced 39 goals in all competitions last season, is the Giallorossi favourite to score first at (4.45) and (1.75) anytime in the game.

For PSG, all eyes will be on Edinson Cavani to get into the goalscoring act. Bookies tip the Uruguayan international to open proceedings at Comerica Park at odds of (2.90) while he’s also (1.40) score anytime.

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Who are Manchester City’s record signings? De Bruyne, Walker and the club’s top 10

Sheikh Mansour’s arrival at the Etihad Stadium has led to a number of big-money deals being completed in recent years, in all areas of the pitch

Manchester City have been transformed into a global heavyweight since the arrival of Sheikh Mansour, with big-money being pumped into a squad that now has two Premier League titles to its name. Who, though, are the club’s most elaborate purchases? Goal takes a look at the top 10…


KEVIN DE BRUYNE – £54m


HD Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City

Snapped up from Wolfsburg in the summer of 2015 having rebuilt his career in Germany following a forgettable spell at Chelsea in which he was starved of regular first-team outings.

Returned to England as one of European football’s top creative talents and nobody provided more Premier League assists in 2016-17 than the 18 managed by City’s Belgium international.


JOHN STONES – £47.5m


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Considered to be the pick of an emerging crop of English defenders after breaking through at Barnsley and furthering his career at Everton.

Can often be accused of over-playing, which has remained an issue within his game since joining City in 2016, but still has plenty of scope for development as he gets more important minutes under his belt with club and country.


KYLE WALKER – £45m


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Kyle Walker moved from London to Manchester for a record-fee for a full-back after eight seasons with Tottenham.

Capped 27 times by England, Walker will look to fill the void left by the departures of Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna. 


RAHEEM STERLING – £44m


HD Raheem Sterling Manchester City FA Cup

Completed a controversial switch to the Etihad Stadium in 2015 after making it clear to those at Liverpool that he no longer wished to be part of the long-term project at Anfield.

Has faced accusations of lacking in end product at times, but has reached double figures in terms of goals scored in four successive seasons and his electric pace makes the England international a handful for any opponent.


BERNARDO SILVA – £43m


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Was unable to make the impact he had hoped for at boyhood club Benfica, but saw his potential unlocked in France with Monaco to earn himself a big-money move to England.

Only three players under the age of 23 provided more assists in the 2016-17 season , with his creative talents being added to an already well-stocked pool in that department at the Etihad Stadium.


SERGIO AGUERO – £38m


Sergio Aguero Manchester City

Considered to be quite a coup for City as they flexed their financial muscles once more in 2011 to land one of the deadliest strikers on the planet.

The Argentina international settled immediately in new surroundings, netting twice on his debut, and has now found the target 169 times in just 253 appearances for the club – with the Blues eager to rubbish rumours suggesting that he could soon be heading to pastures new.


LEROY SANE – £37m


Leroy Sane Manchester City Premier League

Opted to join City after emerging as one of European football’s hottest prospects in his native Germany with Schalke.

Managed nine goals in his debut season in England, with his pace and trickery coming to the fore as he grew in confidence across the 2016-17 campaign.


EDERSON – £34.2m


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Became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper in the summer of 2017 as City sought further reinforcements in a key area of the field – with a gamble on Claudio Bravo failing to pay off.

Is yet to make a senior international appearance for Brazil, having previously graced their U23 side, but has time on his side at the age of 23 and will see Premier League and Champions League competition offer him a wider window to the world.


ROBINHO – £32.5m


Robinho, Manchester City

The first of City’s marquee signings, with a big-money switch from Real Madrid completed on the same day as Sheikh Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United Group completed their purchase of the club.

Looked bright initially, but never really got to grips with the British game and weather and returned to former club Santos on loan in January 2010 after just 16 months at the Etihad Stadium.


NICOLAS OTAMENDI – £32m


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Spells at Porto and Valencia allowed the Argentine to forge a career as one of the most sought-after centre-halves in world football.

City spent big to acquire his services in 2015 and while he has not always convinced during his time in the Premier League, he did see his form improve the longer he spent working with Pep Guardiola in 2016-17.

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Roma star Dzeko planning Wolfsburg return

The former Manchester City striker hopes to head back to Germany at some stage, but has no plans to leave Serie A ahead of the 2017-18 season

Roma striker Edin Dzeko has expressed his desire to return to former club Wolfsburg, though he has no plans to leave the Serie A giants in this transfer window.

Dzeko netted 29 goals in Italy’s top flight last term, edging out Napoli forward Dries Mertens as the league’s top-scorer to help Roma secure a second-placed finish.

‘Totti planned to miss farewell penalty’

Ex-Manchester City man Dzeko scored 66 goals in 111 Bundesliga appearances for Wolfsburg before leaving in 2011, and the Bosnia-Herzegovina striker has claimed he would be delighted to return.

“I’m only 31 and feel better than ever,” Dzeko said at an event to celebrate Wolfsburg’s 20-year Bundesliga status, which the club only maintained with a relegation play-off victory over Eintracht Braunschweig.

£35m Salah worth the wait for Liverpool

“I have three years of my contract left in Rome and I feel good there. But I hope I’ll come back to Wolfsburg as a player again.

“And I owe Wolfsburg everything. Without them, I would not have had the chance to play for Manchester City or Roma.”

Manolas criticises ‘disrespectful’ Bosnia after post-match brawl

Friday’s goalless draw in Group H World Cup qualifying was overshadowed by the violent coming together of both teams in Zenica

Greece defender Kostas Manolas criticised Bosnia-Herzegovina after he and club team-mate Edin Dzeko were involved in an ugly spat during a post-match brawl.

Friday’s goalless draw in Group H World Cup qualifying was overshadowed by the violent coming together of both teams following the full-time whistle in Zenica.

Modric named Croatian POY

After a tense affair, which started with Bosnia fans booing the Greece national anthem, Dzeko confronted Roma team-mate Manolas and put his hand on his face as tempers boiled over at Bilino Polje Stadium.

There were punches thrown among other players and Manolas later condemned Bosnia’s behaviour.

“Some things should not be done,” Manolas told Cosmote TV.

“It was a shame that they have disrespected our national anthem. These things are not football.”

Bosnia are third in European qualifying, a point behind Greece, who are four points adrift of leaders Belgium after six rounds.

Who has scored the most goals in all competitions in 2016-17? Messi, Ronaldo and Europe’s top marksmen

Superstar frontmen from the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A posted some remarkable scoring numbers in the season just gone

The cream continues to rise to the top in Europe’s leading divisions, with the usual suspects once again filling their boots in front of goal to underline their value to their respective clubs and enhance their reputations as some of the finest players on the planet. Here, Goal takes a look at the leading frontmen from across the continent.


LIONEL MESSI


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The mercurial Argentine enjoyed another prolific campaign at Barcelona, moving past the 500-goal goal mark for the club – with the target found 507 times in 583 appearances.

Has now delivered eight successive seasons of 40+ goals, with his efforts in 2016-17 earning him the fourth Golden Shoe of a quite remarkable career.


EDINSON CAVANI


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Stepped out of the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Paris Saint-Germain to prove his worth as a central striker, helping PSG to Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue glory to compensate for surrendering their Ligue 1 title.

Fell just one effort short of matching Ibrahimovic’s club-record haul of 50 in the French capital.


ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI


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Missed out on the Bundesliga top scorer award by one goal, but remains the most prolific marksman in Germany across all competitions, with the Pole a threat on the floor and in the air.

His 43-goal haul in 2016-17 – which included four hat-tricks – represents a personal best, while he has now plundered 30 in each of his last two German top-flight campaigns.


CRISTIANO RONALDO


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Is only the second man, after eternal rival Messi, to have scored 25+ goals in eight successive La Liga seasons, having hit that mark on the final day to help wrap up a title triumph.

The 2016-17 campaign also saw the prolific Portuguese forward become the first man to reach 100 goals in Champions League competition – with a brace in the final helping Madrid to make history with back-to-back triumphs.


PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG


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To have beaten Lewandowski to the Bundesliga top scorer award goes to show how prolific the Gabon international was over the course of the 2016-17 campaign.

He has come to epitomise the ‘fox in the box’ moniker, with all 72 of his Bundesliga efforts over the course of the last three seasons having come from inside the penalty area.


EDIN DZEKO


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Collected the Capocannoniere in Serie A, having enjoyed a memorable return to prolific form to set a new personal best both in league outings and across all competitions.

Completes the set across Europe’s top five leagues of the top goalscorer having missed out on title glory – alongside Messi, Aubameyang, Cavani and Kane.


ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE


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Has scored 20+ league goals in three successive seasons at Lyon, while passing the 100-goal mark for the club while setting a new personal best in 2016-17.

Having been a talismanic presence for his Ligue 1 employers, the France international is now destined to take his predatory instincts elsewhere – with Manchester United and Liverpool among those reported to be keen.


LUIS SUAREZ


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Only Messi and Ronaldo have managed more goals in La Liga since the Uruguayan moved to Camp Nou in 2014, with 85 managed in just 97 appearances.

Is one of only eight players in Europe to have registered double figures in terms of assists and goals in the 2016-17 campaign.


HARRY KANE


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The Tottenham talisman is only the fifth player to score 25+ goals in two successive Premier League seasons, following in the footsteps of Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie and Robbie Fowler.

His 29-goal haul in 2016-17 saw him make it back-to-back Golden Boot successes in the English top-flight.


DRIES MERTENS


Dries Mertens Napoli goals 16 17

Recorded 30+ goals for the first time in his career, and 20+ in a league campaign for the first time since his spell at PSV in 2011-12.

Saw off competition from Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Roma’s Radja Nainggolan to be named Belgian Footballer of the Year for 2016.


JUST OUTSIDE THE TOP 10


Sergio Aguero Manchester City

Sergio Aguero managed 33 in all competitions for Manchester City, despite seeing his future called into question at times – becoming only the fifth player to 20+ in three successive Premier League seasons after Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Harry Kane.

Gonzalo Higuain started to repay his €90 million transfer fee at Juventus with 32 goals, including five in a run to the Champions League final, while Alexis Sanchez hit 30 for the first time in his career to help Arsenal to FA Cup glory.

Radamel Falcao also hit that mark, with the Colombian enjoying a welcome return to form to spark a Ligue 1 title win at Monaco after two forgettable seasons on loan in England with Manchester United and Chelsea.


BEST OF THE REST


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Zlatan Ibrahimovic (28) saw his season cut short by injury, but not before becoming the first man to score 20+ goals for Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure, while Andre Belotti (28) came of age at Torino, netting a European-high 10 efforts in the league with his head.

Blackburn Rovers fans are unlikely to have fond memories of Anthony Modeste, but he has been prolific for Koln and plundered 27 efforts across all competitions in 2016-17 – including 25 of his side’s 51 in the Bundesliga.

Six men ended the campaign with 26 goals to their name, including Celta Vigo’s former Liverpool forward Iago Aspas and Lazio frontman Ciro Immobile.

Mauro Icardi also achieved the feat in another frustrating season for Inter, while Everton’s Romelu Lukaku joined Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Robbie Fowler in an elite group of players to have netted 80+ times in the Premier League before the age of 24.

Elsewhere, Antoine Griezmann caught the eye of the likes of Manchester United with another impressive haul at Atletico Madrid and Kylian Mbappe became the teenage sensation of the season at Monaco, becoming only the sixth player to score in his first four Champions League starts and drawing comparisons with Thierry Henry as he helped Monaco to the Ligue 1 title.