Real Madrid’s winning run under Carlo Ancelotti might have come to a premature end but Los Blancos’ two late strikes to earn a 2-2 draw with Lyon on Wednesday ensures one particular streak remains intact.
After a 6-0 win over Bournemouth kick-started the Ancelotti era, the nine-times European champions were held against Les Gones as goals from Clement Grenier and Lisandro Lopez looked to have earned the French side a win before Alvaro Morata and Casemiro spared Los Blancos’ blushes.
Failure to win in a friendly is something of a rarity for Real Madrid – they had won eight of their previous nine – but a 2-2 draw does at least fit in with the team’s tendency to be involved in high-scoring pre-season fixtures.
There have been at least four goals in seven of Real Madrid’s last nine friendlies and, at odds of 2.60, it could pay to back another game with over 3.5 goals when they take on Paris Saint-Germain in Sweden on Saturday.
After all, both sides are stacked with attacking talent, with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric, Mesut Ozil, Angel Di Maria and Kaka – to name but a few – up against the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore and Ezequiel Lavezzi from PSG.
Helpfully, there have been over 3.5 goals in four of PSG’s last six friendlies, meaning that market provides an element of safety which is hard to come by in pre-season fixtures.
With both sides at different stages of preparation – the French champions are playing in their final warm-up match, Real Madrid only their third – the 3Way market should be treated with caution.
That said, there are some attractive prices on offer, with Real Madrid at 1.90 to win, the draw at 3.25 and a PSG success at 3.60.
But with over 3.5 goals an odds-against shout, that’s where my money will be going.