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With Los Blancos have been involved in a flurry of goals in friendlies in recent weeks, Phil Kitromilides can see a repeat this evening against Milan

These two sides come into this friendly match being played at the Yankee Stadium in New York, with perhaps more to decide off the field than on it.

The last few days have been dominated by suggestions that Real Madrid midfielder Kaka is close to a return to AC Milan, with officials of the two clubs understood to be discussing a possible deal.

The former world player of the year though remains available for selection this evening, with Paddy Power pricing a victory for the Spanish champions at 8/11 (1.73) while the Rossoneri can be backed at 16/5 (4.20).

With the start of the domestic season in both Italy and Spain imminent, the teams will no doubt be aiming for a victory against their high profile opponents.

This should make for an open game, especially given the level of attacking skill that will be on display in New York.

The price for over 2.5 goals to be scored is not the biggest at 4/7 (1.57) yet this bet looks a nailed on selection, and on occasions low prices must be invested in for some profit.

Madrid's four pre-season matches have all been high-scoring affairs, with all four comfortably seeing over three goals. Milan's last match also easily went over 2.5 goals and although this is not the most imaginative selection, it does look like an extremely solid bet to back.

For braver punters, or those simply looking for some higher odds, the price of 7/2 (4.50) on over 4.5 goals could appeal. Fixtures between these two sides have traditionally been high scoring encounters, and with three of Madrid's last four friendlies seeing over 5.5 goals, backing over 4.5 to be scored could hold some serious value at 7/2 (4.50).

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Over 2.5 goals at 4/7 (1.57) with Paddy Power
Over 4.5 goals at 7/2 (4.50) with Paddy Power


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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.

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