Pre-Season Friendlies: Man City set for another penalty shootout

Man City [4.0] v Real Madrid [1.95]; The Draw [3.8]Friday, 11:00
Live on Sky Sports 1

Raheem Sterling made an immediate impression on his new teammates and supporters by scoring in the third minute of his debut against Roma.

Even in pre-season, this next fixture offers a reminder of why he moved. His previous chance to start against Real Madrid, for Liverpool at the Bernabeu in the Champions League last November, was thwarted by Brendan Rodgers’ squad rotation.

The last two meetings between these clubs were competitive encounters in Europe’s top tournament in 2012, with Real Madrid recovering from 2-1 down with four minutes to play to win 3-2 in the Spanish capital and a 1-1 draw being contested at the Etihad Stadium.

This is likely to be another even affair. The other two matches in the Melbourne section of the International Champions Cup finished level, with Rafael Benitez’s side being held 0-0 by Roma and Manuel Pellegrini’s men drawing 2-2 with them.

The sole difference was that Man City won their ensuing penalty shootout with a little help from Joe Hart, whereas Real were felled by the Giallorossi in sudden death.

Recommended Bet: Back the draw @ [3.8]

Malaysia XI [15.0] v Liverpool [1.1]; The Draw [6.5]Friday, 13:45
Live on LFCTV

Liverpool have mirrored last season in their early exhibition efforts, though thankfully the phase that they have mimicked is the accomplished friendly performance section rather than the leaking-five-goals-in-24-minutes ignominy that they endured is folding 6-1 at Stoke on the final day.

The Reds have played three times already against some of Asia and Australia’s finest and have enjoyed a trio of victories, dismissing the Thai All Stars 4-0, overcoming a first-half setback to defeat Brisbane Roar 2-1 and seeing off Adelaide United 2-0.

A common theme in the latest two games, which were closer, was that Brendan Rodgers’ [3.8]-rated top-four hopefuls had to wait until the second half to assume a lead.

They were held 1-1 at half time by Brisbane Roar and 0-0 by Adelaide United, so a small stake on this completing a hat-trick of Draw/Liverpool half-time/full-time combinations might prove shrewd.

Recommended Bet: Back Draw/Liverpool @ [5.0]