This biennial competition is usually made up of three Premier League sides as well as a local side, however this year we have four teams making the long trip from these shores to Hong Kong, the numbers being made up of Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace and Liverpool, the first two making up the first semi-final on Wednesday.
This competition first took place in 2003 and is being staged in Hong Kong for the fourth time with the other venues being Singapore, Beijing, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Liverpool are the only one of the four sides to have previous experience in the tournament with the past winners being Chelsea (on two occasions), Bolton Wanderers, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
The first clash this week takes place between Midlands sides Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies beat Leicester at the King Power Stadium to the tune of 2-1 last season with goals coming from Matt Phillips and James Morrison, Leicester scoring a consolation through Islam Slimani. Jamie Vardy scored the only goal in the reverse fixture at the Hawthorns and Craig Shakespeare’s men will be confident of edging their way past their rivals in this midweek clash.
Indeed Leicester face a hectic schedule once they return from the Far East with friendlies against Luton Town, MK Dons, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burton Albion and a home clash with Borussia Monchengladbach.
No odds are as yet available on this match although we’ll be favouring a closely-fought affair which should see the Foxes clinch a narrow victory in their opening match in Hong Kong.