Guadalajara, while one of, if not the biggest club in Mexico, are set to have their work cut out as they face a prolific Real Madrid side in a pre-season friendly.
While friendly encounters are often expected to be slow-paced affairs with a lack of real competition, Jose Mourinho’s side have not read the script, helping themselves to four goals against LA Galaxy last time out.
That result pushed their scoring record to 25 goals in five games, having smashed eight past Almeria, three past Villarreal, four past Getafe and six past Sevilla in the final rounds of their La Liga campaign.
As one would expect, such a run has seen them pick up five successive wins and the betting suggests that this time out will be no different.
Hosts Chivas are priced as rank outsiders at 27/4, while Los Blancos offer odds of 1/5 for the win and the draw is priced at 23/4.
The players behind Madrid’s goal rush read like a who’s who list of modern day greats.
Ex-Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo seems hell bent on breaking every scoring record in Europe and the Portugal star is joined by Mesut Ozil, one of the standout players at last year’s World Cup and former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso.
And while the Spaniards will be without some of their Copa America players, nothing compares to the gaping hole that competition has left in Jose Luis Real’s squad.
Chivas prides itself, and indeed insists, of fielding sides made up completely of Mexican nationals and while this has seen some great players produced, namely Arsenal’s Carlos Vela and Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez, it does leave them somewhat weakened after an international tournament.
No fewer than seven Chivas players were recently involved in the Copa America, which means Luis Michel, Kristian Alverez, Antonio Gallardo, Ulises Davila, Jorge Enrique, Migel Ponce and Hector Reynoso could all miss out for the Mexicans.
As such, football betting punters could feel inclined to back a heavy number of goals during the game, with more than three priced at 4/25 and more than four available at 9/20.
Fans can also back both teams to score at 37/100, while those expecting Real Madrid to keep a clean sheet can back one or neither team to score at 37/20.
However, with the question of the match looking likely to be how many efforts will Madrid’s front line produce, a lot of attention could be paid to the even-odd market with odds of 22/25 available on an even number of goals and the same price to be had on an odd number.
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