Thursday, 28 July 2016

Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain Betting: A fast start in Ohio

Unai mery David Luiz PSG
The Liga side are without some of their biggest names for this game, but still have enough quality in their squad to net in the opening 45 minutes against the French champions
The European champions begin their pre-season campaign in the unlikely setting of Ohio, with the American midwest state hosting an attractive looking game between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the International Champions Cup. Zinedine Zidane's men have been preparing in the Canadian city of Montreal but head to Columbus without some of their biggest names.
Cristiano Ronaldo is still taking a well earned rest after leading Portugal to their unlikely Euro 2016 triumph, while Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Sergio Ramos and Pepe are all missing from Los Blancos' squad. PSG meanwhile have already played their first International Champions Cup game of the summer, overcoming Inter Milan 3-1 in Oregon and fielding relatively strong line-up in the process.

New PSG manager Unai Emery has almost all of his side's star players at his disposal in North America, with the likes of Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria likely to come into the starting line-up for the meeting with the 11-time Champions League winners. Perhaps given the fact that Madrid have some high profile absentees and PSG have close to a full squad, it is understandable to find the Ligue 1 champions as favourites with bet365 at 7/5 (2.40).
Zidane's men, meanwhile, are offered 7/4 (2.75) and it will be interesting to see how the Frenchman approaches his first pre-season friendly in charge of Madrid.

The squad is full of young players that Zidane knows well from his time as the club's youth team manager, and he is likely to give plenty of academy players a run out at the Ohio Stadium. Nevertheless, it remains surprising to find them as such clear outsiders, and there are plenty of attractive looking prices for punters who wish to support the Spanish giants in some form.
The price of 4/5 (1.80) for the Liga outfit to win either half looks of interest, while the price of evens (2.00) for them to score in the first half seems extremely generous.  In last season's edition of the International Champions Cup, Madrid scored in the first half of both of their opening games, against Manchester City and Inter Milan, and the price of evens (2.00) for them to score in the opening period of any game looks appealing despite the absence of some key players.
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