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Real Madrid – Manchester United Betting: Back Lukaku to score

6:40 PM MYT 23/07/2017
Romelu Lukaku, Manchester United
The Belgian has already hit the ground running since his big money move and will be expected to get into the act in California again.

Real Madrid and Manchester United locks horns at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California in the International Champions Cup on Sunday.

It’s Los Blancos’ first pre-season game meaning squad majority lack match fitness. Cristiano Ronaldo is missing as he’s given an extended break for participating in the Fifa Confederations Cup with Portugal. The reigning European champions are still favourites to win at (2.10) with LionsBet.

Wins against Los Angeles Galaxy, Real Salt Lake City and Manchester City has given Jose Mourinho’s side a 100% record in pre-season. With Real Madrid to come again in the Uefa Super Cup on August 8, odds of (3.15) swing in United’s favour to continue their winning streak.

A draw stands at (3.40) with the same firm.

The last pre-season meeting between these two European giants came in the 2014 edition of the International Champions Cup which Manchester United won 3-1. A correct score is priced at hefty odds of (23.00).

The last competitive meeting saw Real Madrid triumph 2-1 at Old Trafford in the second leg of the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League in 2013. Backing that same scoreline for Los Blancos in Santa Clara comes at a price of (7.50).

Knowing that United are in better shape than their opponents, the men in red are (2.20) to score first with LionsBet.

Regardless of Real Madrid’s lack of match sharpness, this encounter should not be devoid of goals.  A pick of more than three goals at odds of (1.70) is a favourite among tipsters while we can also expect to see both sides find the back of the net at (1.65).

Record signing Romelu Lukaku is already becoming a favourite among the Red Devils faithful having scored two goals in three of United’s pre-season fixtures.

He can only justify his hefty £75 million when the season proper starts but bookies back him to get into the goalscoring act by netting first at (4.30) and (1.90) anytime.