La Liga champions Real Madrid travel to Estadio do Sport in Lisbon as Jose Mourinho’s men visit Portugal to face Benfica in what promises to be a mouth-watering friendly clash on Saturday night in the Eusebio Cup.
Los Blancos were comfortable 5-1 winners in their first pre-season outing against Segunda B outfit Real Oviedo and the trip to face the Eagles will represent a significant step up in preparations for the Spanish side but, nevertheless, they have been installed as even money (2.0) favourites with Paddy Power to beat Benfica this weekend.
The Portuguese are chalked up at 5/2 (3.50) with Paddy Power to get the better of their Spanish opponents and Jorge Jesus’ side will be eager to put some indifferent pre-season form behind them to bounce back with victory here. The same firm offer odds of 23/10 (3.30) that the match ends in a stalemate.
As ever when Jose Mourinho’s men are in town, goals are expected and Paddy Power offer a 4/7 (1.57) quote that more than three goals are scored in this clash.
However, these matches can often struggle to live up to the pre-game billing and it may be more prudent to back the 5/4 (2.20) quote from Paddy Power that fewer than three goals are scored here.
A 1-0 home victory can be backed at a chunky 12/1 (13.0) with Paddy Power but Madrid will be determined to chalk up an impressive victory, so the 10/1 (11.0) for a 2-0 away victory looks to carry plenty of appeal here.
In a similar vein, the 23/10 (3.30) for Real to score exactly two goals may be worthy of consideration, while the 16/5 (4.20) for the Spanish champions to win to nil is surely worthy of support here.
There is no doubt that Mourinho’s side have more quality so they should reward backers this weekend and the even money (2.0) quote from Paddy Power for Madrid to win represents outstanding value here.
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