LA Galaxy - Real Madrid Betting Preview: Back a high-scoring game when global superstars clash in California

Jose Mourinho's side travel take on a Galaxy side, who welcome back David Beckham and Landon Donovan. Jim Knight is expecting a game full of goals between these two teams
LA Galaxy take on a Real Madrid side who were comprehensively beaten by Benfica 5-2 in their last match as they contested the Eusebio Cup last week in Lisbon.

Despite not naming a full-strength squad in that match, the Blancos will still be smarting from that loss.

Coach Jose Mourinho included Kaka, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain in the starting line-up in the previous match and this match will be far from a walkover for the Spanish champions, should they underestimate their opposition.

Mourinho will have a strong squad at his disposal for this match and Madrid are understandably favourites at 1/4 (1.25),while the hosts are 15/2 (8.50) outsiders. A draw is priced at 4/1 (5.0) by Paddy Power.

This meeting will be the third time the sides have met in recent years. Real Madrid came back from 2-0 down in 2010 to win the match 3-2 and ran out comfortable 4-1 winners in 2011.

LA Galaxy's games have been relatively high scoring of late. Their last five matches have seen 19 goals and, with the return of David Beckham and Landon Donovan after their MLS All-Star exploits against Chelsea, expect the hosts not to make things easy for their illustrious opposition.

The two matches that have not featured a lot of goals were the last two fixtures Galaxy played, for both of which coach Bruce Arena was without Beckham and Donovan so their return to the starting XI will prove a welcome boost, especially against a team looking to ramp up their pre-season preparations.

Mourinho could name a near full-strength side and with a clear lack of defensive sharpness evident in the Madrid ranks this match could be quite the spectacle.

For those who think the Spanish side will still have too much for the hosts, Paddy Power's offer of 10/11 (1.91) on the Real Madrid -1 handicap could appeal.

Despite a seemingly tempting price, it seems tough to back such an outcome given Real's recent show against Benfica. Instead goals seem guaranteed at the Home Depot Centre and so the 4/7 (1.57) on offer for over 2.5 goals should be considered the best bet.

Furthermore, without the pressures of a league campaign on the home side and a host of world class talent on show for the visitors, backing over 3.5 goals at 6/4 (2.5) seems a logical bet, having paid out the last three times these two clubs met, as well as Madrid's last three pre-season matches and three of LA Galaxy's last five matches.

Over 2.5 goals at 4/7 with Paddy Power
Over 3.5 goals at 6/4 (2.5) with Paddy Power

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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast

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