AUTHOR: Star Sports Content

STAR PREVIEW: Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur

The football season is just a few days away and there might be plenty of entertainment in tonight’s pre-season friendly between Real Madrid and Tottenham.

If we get even half the entertainment of Madrid’s last pre-season game – when Diego Costa scored four goals and was sent off in a big brawl as Atletico Madrid thrashed Real Madrid 7-3 in New Jersey – then we should be in for a treat.

Madrid’s games have certainly been rather open affairs. Their first game of the pre-season was a 3-1 defeat to Bayern and then a 2-2 draw with Arsenal before their 7-3 thumping in the Madrid Derby. Zinedine Zidane’s pre-season has been an eventful one with the Gareth Bale saga not close to an end and Eden Hazard apparently overweight according to media reports.

Madrid have always been a team that prefers to play on the front foot but all pretence of defending appears to have gone out of the window and it’s not an underestimate to suggest that Atletico could have had more than seven goals there.

This spells trouble against a Tottenham side that have been involved in two open games in their pre-season tour – a 3-2 win against Juventus and a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United when they were much improved in the second half when they brought on Son Heung-min. It’s difficult to know exactly how they’ll line up but they are likely to have most of their first-teamers starting, with Christian Eriksen, Son, and Harry Kane all set to be on from kick-off, and they can make plenty of chances for themselves.

Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur
Audi Cup
Allianz Arena, Munich
17:00 ITV4 HD

(Maximum 10 matches)
NOV 2017 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Tottenham 3-1 Real Madrid
OCT 2017 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham
APR 2011 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Tottenham 0-1 Real Madrid
APR 2011 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Real Madrid 4-0 Tottenham

Madrid will have plenty of firepower themselves – Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Isco should create chances from midfield for Karim Benzema upfront – but their defence is a serious risk and this could be an end to end encounter. The markets have already priced this in – it’s just 4/9 that both teams score and Over 2.5 goals is 40/85 – but a bet on Over 3.5 goals still appeals. Madrid have seen all three of their pre-season games have four goals or more, and Spurs will not need a second invitation to get on the front foot.

Another market that appeals is the 9/2 on both teams scoring in both halves – if this game is as open as the markets expect we could have a good run for our money.

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