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The second match of the 2014 Emirates Cup is between Benfica and Arsenal on August 02, 23:20 (GMT+8) in Emirates Stadium. Records show that Benfica have an edge against Arsenal considering their UEFA rankings, as well as the result of the two teams’ last match back in 2011 wherein Benfica defeated Arsenal (2-1). But football is unpredictable and 2011 was 3 years ago. Will Benfica smash Arsenal in its own home ground?
Malmo continue their unbeaten run as they overcome Kalmar 3-1 last Saturday. The table leader then extend the gap between them and second place team AIK. Hitting back the road en route to Falkenberg on August 2 at 22:00(GMT+8), Malmo could further extend their lead against the team at tenth place. It may seem that Falkenberg's home form is sturdy enough to beat Malmo, especially since the visitors’ recent away form makes them somewhat vulnerable.
The match between Valencia C.F. and AS Monaco on August 02, 21:00 (GMT+8) in Emirates Stadium, England, is said to be a firecracker of a match, marking the opening of this year's Emirates Cup, and why not? This is the meeting of an exciting La Liga side vs Ligue 1’s second best team. Both squads are expected to show off – this is AS Monaco’s first time here, and Valencia’s second following their 2007 appearance.
PSG have won three Trophee des Champions titles (1995, 1998, 2013) and remain favourites to retain the trophy. Going to Beijing, China to face Ligue 1 rivals Guingamp on August 2, 20:00 (GMT+8), can PSG break the tie between them and Guingamp? Alex saved PSG from a loss to Guingamp in their recent match-up which ended in a 1-1 draw. But now Alex has moved to AC Milan. Will Brazilian mate David Luiz prove his worth as the replacement?
Kawasaki Frontale is currently in top form with a 5 match winning streak. Visiting Kashiwa Reysol on August 2, 18:00 (GMT+8) can they extend that streak to 6? On a contrary Kashiwa Reysol remain undefeated by Kawasaki Frontale on home ground since August 2011, but after two consecutive away defeats, the question remains if Kashiwa Reysol is able to stand strong and hold steadfast to their 11 home wins?