The top European league teams are starting to warm up for their seasons, which all begin early next month. It’s a terrific friendly on Saturday as Sevilla vs Benfica will be on for all soccer odds enthusiasts. Be sure to check back for more 2018 International Champions Cup odds before placing your ticket.
Sevilla vs Benfica 2018 ICC Soccer Odds & Prediction
Benfica finished second in the Portuguese Liga last year behind FC Porto. The side has loaned Mexico forward Raul Jimenez newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League for this coming season. Jimenez scored six goals and provided seven assists in 33 appearances for Benfica in the Portuguese top-flight last season. He has 19 league goals over the past three seasons after one year at Atletico Madrid.
With Yasin Ben El-Mhanni set to leave Newcastle on a free transfer, Benfica and Lazio have become the latest clubs to add themselves to a growing list interested in his services. The winger has played only sparingly for Newcastle’s first team, making the odd appearance in cup competitions, but he has been a regular in the under-23 side.
In addition, Ghana striker Bernard Tekpetey has popped up on the radar of Portuguese giants. The Eagles are eager to sign the 20-year-old from German Bundesliga side Schalke 04 as they beef up their squad following the imminent departure of Rafa Silva. Tekpetey spent the first half of last season at Austrian side Altach before returning to Schalke in January.
Fresh off World Cup duty with Nigeria, Tyronne Ebuehi has admitted that he needs to “work hard, train well” to stand a chance of breaking into a quality Benfica starting lineup. After attempts to get him to sign for the Portuguese giants in the winter broke down, the Eagles returned for the 22-year-old early in the summer, tying him to a five-year deal before he left to play for Nigeria at the World Cup.
In forcing his way into Coach Rui Vitoria’s plan, the former ADO Den Haag player will have to contend with first-choice right-back André Almeida, who played the most Portuguese Primera Liga games  last season.
Benfica forward Anderson Talisca has opted to join Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande on a six-month loan following links to Manchester United. Talisca has spent the last two seasons on loan at Besiktas in Turkey, scoring 20 goals with eight assists. Talisca moved to Benfica in 2014 and scored 12 goals in 52 games before going out to Besiktas.
Why Bet on Sevilla?
Sevilla finished seventh in the Spanish La Liga last season. There was some talk that the team might lose Steven N’Zonzi, who has been linked to moves to Barcelona and Arsenal, and Sevilla football director Joaquin Caparros hasn’t denied it.
“The stronger team always prevails, which is Barcelona. … I understand the fans because, not just as football director or as a member, I put myself in the shoes of our fans and I sympathize with them. “If a team comes along with a very interesting offer for him, we will listen,” Caparros said. “He is a good player and we want him with us. But contracts are contracts. He has two years left on his contract, not four, five or six months. If the player wants [to leave], he knows what the process is at our club to leave.”
The midfielder, who has a €40 million release clause, has reportedly been interested in leaving Sevilla since last summer. The former Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City player joined Sevilla in 2015 and has made 90 La Liga appearances in three seasons at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and Caparros said he hoped N’Zonzi would remain at the club for at least two more years. N’Zonzi played the last 35 minutes of France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday.
Sevilla’s financial situation means they usually have to part with their best players and Clement Lenglet is no exception.
Barcelona did sign Sevilla’s Lenglet away. The 23-year-old center-back signed for Sevilla in January 2017 and quickly established himself as a fans’ favorite at the Sanchez Pizjuan. He agreed on personal terms on a five-year deal with Barca last week before telling Sevilla of his intention to join the La Liga champions.
Barca believed that would pave the way for negotiations with Sevilla — instead of paying the buyout clause, they were hopeful of striking a deal which would have seen them pay more but with the fee spread across a number of installments However, Sevilla stood firm and Lenglet had to pay €35.9m to buy himself out of his contract and free himself up to move to Camp Nou. Manchester United were also credited with an interest in the defender
These clubs last played a competitive match in the Europa League in 2014. They drew 0-0 and then Benfica won 2-1.