Real Madrid and Chelsea are gearing up for their second friendly game of the 2016 International Champions Cup, after less-than-ideal performances in their first.
While Chelsea did manage a narrow 1-0 win over Liverpool, Real were completely outplayed by French Champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Both teams want to reach top form quickly: Premier League debuts are just around the corner, while the European Super Cup is also coming.
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Betting Odds: Real Madrid 2.30 or 13/10 Draw 3.50 or 5/2 Chelsea 2.87 or 15/8 with xNx
In their game against Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid did manage to create chances and take quite a few shots towards the enemy goal, only to find themselves blocked by an in-form goalkeeper.
People argue that the current reigning champions of Europe also don’t need lots of new transfers, so their relative lack of activity on the transfer market (Morata is their only big-name signing) is not worrying.
The only thing that Zidane thinks can hinder his side’s form and gameplan is injuries to key players during key moments of the season – like games against Atletico and Barcelona in La Liga and the latter stages of the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Chelsea is experiencing a good start under the reign of new boss Antonio Conte. They have been active in the transfer window and played a very pragmatic, Italian game against Liverpool, winning 1-0.
Chelsea will surely want to play a similar game against the Spanish giants, and their fans are expecting to see some great football from the club this year. They should challenge for the title in the Premier League once again, after a very disappointing last season.
From a betting perspective, we back two things: Real to score and Chelsea to concede few goals. Conte’s sides very, very rarely concede more than two goals in a game, while Real Madrid almost never fails to score.
These are the main things we are looking for, along with two easier bets: Real Madrid to have more possession and Chelsea to concede more yellow cards. There will be nothing “friendly” about this game.
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Real Madrid To Win: 2.30 or 13/10 with xNx
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