Pre-Season Friendly Betting: Saturday's Top 3 Tips


Paris Saint-Germain 4.00, the draw 3.80, Barcelona 1.72

European football's nouveau-riche upstarts play host to the Spanish giants at the Parc des Princes this evening, hoping to put down a marker ahead of the new campaign. PSG's pre-season form hasn't been particularly impressive: they haven't won in three matches since thrashing lowly Stegersbech.

One thing that should count in PSG's favour is fitness; Barça have only played one match since their summer break and many of their players were involved in the latter stages of Euro 2012. With that in mind, and with Carlo Ancelotti's side having home town advantage, the 1.96 available on the PSG/draw double chance looks tempting.

Wolfsburg 3.65, the draw 3.30, Manchester City 1.90

The reigning Premier League champions have had a mixed pre-season. Losses to Al-Hilal and Oldham will not have pleased Roberto Mancini, but confident wins over Besiktas and Arsenal show that City can rise to the bigger occasions.

They should have too much for a Wolfsburg side that finished in mid-table in last season's Bundesliga. The signing of Dutch striker Bas Dost should give them more firepower, but this remains a modest squad. Back the Man City win at 1.90.

Juventus 1.70, the draw 3.50, Malaga 4.20

One of these clubs is on a high after a thrilling domestic league campaign, the other in utter turmoil due to financial hardship. One is welcoming back players who fired Italy to second place in Euro 2012, one is having a fire sale of all its stars. One has invested in the future with the signings of Kwadwo Asamoah, Paul Pogba and Mauricio Isla; the may not have much of a future to invest in.

The minds of the remaining Malaga players will almost certainly be elsewhere this clash. Back Juve at 1.70.