Real Madrid - Inter Milan Betting Preview: Why Los Blancos might struggle to get an early goal

Phil Kitromilides believes the fact that this is Madrid's first game of pre-season coupled with some high-profile absentees means they may struggle to net in the first 45 minutes
Having signed arguably two of the best players at this summer's World Cup, big things will once more be expected of European champions, Real Madrid.

The richest club in the world have been able to splash nearly £100 million on James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos although neither will take part in their pre-season tour of the United States.

Indeed the side to take on Inter Milan in Berkeley is likely to be a mixture of youth and experience as Carlo Ancelotti looks to give some game time to some of the youngsters he has brought to the United States.

Despite that, Los Blancos remain clear favorites with bet365, offered at 4/6 (1.66) for the win, with the Serie A outfit available at 4/1 (5.00) and the draw offered at 14/5 (3.80).

This is of course the first match for both sides in the International Champions Cup a pre-season tournament that Madrid won last season, defeating LA Galaxy, Everton and Chelsea on the way.

Madrid's three games last season in the competition all saw over 2.5 goals and a repeat is offered at 4/7 (1.57).

Yet La Liga side are without the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, and with this being the first match of pre-season expect them perhaps to take a little while to gel.

To that end there could be some value in backing them to not score in the first half, which is available at 6/5 (2.20) and this seems logical given that Madrid will be without two of their biggest goal threats and fielding a team with some inexperienced faces.

Real Madrid under 0.5 goals first half at 6/5 (2.20) for a 2.0pt stake with bet365

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