While Madrid are preparing for the forthcoming campaign the current MLS champions are very much in the middle of their season, and Bruce Arena's side can be backed at 12/1 (13.00) with Bet365 to hit the ground running in the IC Cup with a win.
But the Galaxy have been patchy of late, winning just four of their last ten matches, and though they are yet to really shine in pre-season a win for Madrid at 1/5 (1.20) looks on the cards.
It is not easy to find a worthwhile investment for this game, with the bookies clearly thinking goals are on the cards and adjusting their odds accordingly.
Over 2.5 goals is offered at just 1/4 (1.25), but much more appealingly over 1.5 goals in the first half can be backed at 5/6 (1.83).
Backing over 1.5 goals in the opening half of Madrid's domestic matches is one of the tested strategies for La Liga punters, and while this may just be a friendly played in the neutral setting of Phoenix, there is every chance we will see two goals in the opening 45 minutes.
|Over 1.5 goals first half at 5/6 (1.83) with Bet365|
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV Presenter in Madrid