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

Phil Kitromilides believes the Spaniards' 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 expcted 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 the pre-season tour of the United States.

Indeed, the side to take on Inter 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 North America.

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 the 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 not to score in the first half, which is available at 6/5 (2.20) and 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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