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Barcelona v Leicester City Live: Barca to ease past Foxes in International Champions Cup?

Ross Aylward 3 Aug 2016
  • Barcelona face Leicester City in their latest pre-season friendly
  • The English champions face the Spanish double-winners in Sweden
Luis Suarez of Barcelona

Barcelona are expecting to win the second of their three International Champions Cup games when they take on Premier League champions Leicester City in Sweden.

Barcelona v Leicester City kicks off at 04.00am AEST on Thursday (7.00pm UK) and will be streamed live online.



Barcelona got their pre-season underway over the weekend at the Aviva Stadium against Scottish champions Celtic. Unsurprisingly, the Catalonian's class was clear for all to see in the Irish capital as they raced to a 3-1 win and the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez gave the fans in Dublin plenty to enjoy in this comfortable exhibition victory.

Before their upcoming fixture against Sevilla in the Super Cup, Luis Enrique's men will still play friendly fixtures against Sampdoria and Liverpool and they will be looking to hit the ground running by recording another victory.

This pre-season has been like no other for Leicester City. Although the Foxes are used to trips to places like Chesterfield and Oxford United, the International Champions Cup has provided glamorous matches against Celtic and Paris Saint-Germain so far and will culminate in this game against Barcelona prior to the Community Shield against Manchester United.

Claudio Ranieri's men played out a draw with Scottish champions Celtic away from home but were embarrassed by les Parisiens in California over the weekend in a 4-0 defeat, although a few key players including Jamie Vardy were rested for that trip to the United States.



Although Leicester were capable of shocking most teams in the Premier League last season, this fixture against Barcelona will provide a whole different threat and as we saw in the humbling defeat to Unai Emery's PSG at the Stubhub Center, the Foxes are perhaps struggling to cope with the step-up in opposition for pre-season friendlies.

Barcelona were able to put three past Celtic on their way to a win in this game and we fancy that they'll manage to back at least that many in this game, particularly when you consider the fact that stars like Suarez, Messi and Arda Turan are expected to feature for Enrique's side.

That man Suarez was simply unstoppable last season in all competitions. The Uruguayan marksman racked up no fewer than 40 goals in just 35 league appearances plus a further 16 goals in domestic and European cup competitions.


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