Are Los Blancos' usual suspects a better bet than Rossoneri new boys for goals in International Champions Cup clash? Bookies.com pick out five threats.
Real Madrid are odds-on at a best-price of 8/15 with Ladbrokes, Sky Bet and William Hill to win their International Champions Cup encounter with sleeping European giants AC Milan, but this should prove a stern test for Los Blancos defenders after the Rossoneri’s recruitment drive.
Away from his wife reigniting his rivalry with Jose Mourinho, Rafa Benitez is preparing Real for another tilt at regaining La Liga from El Clasico rivals Barcelona. A penalty shoot-out loss to Roma apart, their pre-season has been pretty much perfect after comfortable wins over Manchester City and Milan’s San Siro sharers Inter.
Top odds of 6/1 on offer at Paddy Power say the Rossoneri can beat the Bernabeu boys, and they’ll need their new faces to perform against the established Madrid men. Here at Bookies.com, we’ve picked out five scorer shouts for International Champions Cup clash.
Real attacker James Rodriguez had a summer to forget on international duty with Colombia at the Copa America, but bounced back by rounding off the scoring against Inter last time out. To net again anytime, last summer’s big money Bernabeu buy is a top-price 11/5 with Betfair.
Compatriot striker Bacca, meanwhile, switched from Sevilla to the red half of the San Siro as the Rossoneri’s marquee signing. Firing his former side to back-to-back Europa League triumphs, and four goals in as many competitive clashes with Los Blancos, suggest he can perform at a higher level, and Coral offer a brilliant best bet of 13/5 on the Colombia hitman registering anytime here.
Benitez is set to keep faith with Wales wing wizard Bale despite widespread criticism from sections of Los Blancos’ support. The Spanish coach has shown little care for public opinion, however, with his caretaker stint at Chelsea a case in point. Bale can only silence doubters, and is a top-price 6/1 with Ladbrokes to strike first.
Milan’s other attacking arrival is Brazil striker Adriano from Shakhtar. He has some last name to live up to in that city after Adriano Leite Ribeiro’s exploits for Inter, but nine Champions League group stage goals last term say he can cut it at a higher level. Luiz Adriano is an anytime best bet of 13/5 with Betway.
Spain international Isco has been playing in behind Cristiano Ronaldo or Karim Benzema during the International Champions Cup, as part of a flexible supporting cast, so this is clearly a tactic Benitez wants to try at Real. Expect him to be an all-round menace that will limit Milan box-to-box counterpart Andrea Bertolacci here. Isco has top odds of 13/5 with Ladbrokes to score anytime.
Bookies.com best bet: Carlos Bacca scores anytime @ 13/5 with Coral.
All odds were correct at time of posting.