Real Madrid - Celtic Betting Preview: Spanish giants should sweep aside the Scots on Saturday

Jose Mourinho's men will look for an emphatic victory as they conclude their pre-season preparations, and Willie Duncan believes that the Blancos will be too strong for the Hoops
Real Madrid will aim to conclude their pre-season preparations on a high note when they take on Celtic at Lincoln Financial Field in Pennsylvania on Saturday night.

Jose Mourinho’s men are have been in sensational form throughout the summer, chalking up an impressive four victories in five matches – astonishingly, three of those wins coming by a resounding 5-1 margin – and the Blancos are marked up as big favourites at 2/9 (1.22) with Paddy Power to see off Neil Lennon’s side at the weekend.

Celtic, though, kicked off their defence of the Scottish Premier League last weekend with a 1-0 win over Aberdeen and the Hoops will come into this meeting, buoyed by an impressive 2-0 away win over HJK in the Champions League third qualifying round.

The Scots are priced up at 9/1 (10.0) with Paddy Power to upset the Liga champions here with the same firm offering 9/2 (5.50) on the draw.

The Spanish giants carry a potent goal threat and should they once again find their scoring touch when they face Celtic, it is hard to imagine any outcome other than a resounding victory for Mourinho’s side.

Subsequently, the 6/4 (2.50) quote from Paddy Power for Real Madrid (-2) in the handicap market is worthy of consideration while the 7/5 (2.40) for the Blancos to win both halves looks to represent outstanding value.

The one concern for Jose Mourinho going into this clash is that his side has conceded at least once in each of their last seven fixtures and the Hoops will be keen to exploit any weakness in the Madrid rearguard.

Those seeking greater value may be tempted with a punt in the correct score market and yet another 5-1 win for Los Blancos can be backed at Paddy Power’s 20/1 (21.0) but a more realistic proposition is the 17/2 (9.50) on the Spanish club to enjoy a 3-1 win over their Scottish opponents this Saturday.

Real Madrid to win both halves at 7/5 (2.40) with Paddy Power
Real Madrid to win 3-1 at 17/2 (9.50) with Paddy Power

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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