Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid: 2019 ICC Odds, TV Schedule and Live Stream

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2019

Belgium forward Eden Hazard poses for the media during his official presentation after signing for Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Real Madrid announced last week that it had acquired the 28-year-old Belgian playmaker from Chelsea for a reported fee of around 100 million euros ($113 million) plus variables, making him the club's most expensive signing ever. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are set to meet in the 2019 International Champions Cup at NRG Stadium in Houston at the weekend.

The Bundesliga champions will be looking to bounce back from their 2-1 defeat to Arsenal, while Madrid will be opening their ICC campaign in the United States.

Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic could feature for Los Blancos after their big-money transfers from Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt, respectively, this summer.

                             

Date: Saturday, July 20

Time: 7 p.m. local, 8 p.m. ET, 1 a.m. BST (Sunday)

TV: ESPN2 (U.S.), Premier Sports 1 (UK)

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Odds: Bayern 2-1, Real 5-4, draw 13-5 (via Oddschecker)

                

Preview

MONTREAL, QC - JULY 16: Head coach Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid speaks with Gareth Bale of Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid, Eden Hazard of Real Madrid, Isco Alarcon of Real Madrid and Raphael Varane of Real Madrid during the pre-season training
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After a miserable campaign last season, Real Madrid have started to reboot their squad in order to become challengers once again. 

They brought back Zinedine Zidane as manager in March, after Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari had both been sacked following unsuccessful spells in charge.

Hazard's arrival was a statement of intent by the player and the club. The Belgium international had made no secret of his admiration for Zidane and Real, and the Spanish giants failed to replace Cristiano Ronaldo when he departed for Juventus 12 months ago.

Madrid and Hazard could be the perfect match to help Zidane's team play in the entertaining style that was present during the Ronaldo era. 

Club president Florentino Perez will endeavour to revamp the team's midfield options before the start of the season, but top target Paul Pogba appears to be unavailable.

MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 31: Real Madrid CF president Florentino Perez (L) and Zinedine Zidane (R) attend a press conference to announce his resignation as Real Madrid coach at Valdebebas Sport City on May 31, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. Zidane steps down from the
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Jose Felix Diaz of Marca reported the France international is the La Liga side's primary aim, but Manchester United are unlikely to agree a transfer, even if Pogba tries to force a move to Spain.

Bayern lost their opening game of their pre-season tour to Arsenal on Thursday. A Louis Poznanski own goal gave the Gunners the lead after 49 minutes, but Robert Lewandowski equalised with 19 minutes remaining. However, Eddie Nketiah grabbed a late winner for the Premier League side with two minutes left on the clock.

The Bundesliga champions will again centre their ambitions around the firepower of Lewandowski, but they have added defensive signings Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard.

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However, the Poland international has called on his club to increase spending and add new faces to the squad. High-profile forwards Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben recently left the German team, and Mats Hummels, Rafinha and James Rodriguez have also departed.

Both teams are in the middle of rebuilding, and a number of players should get opportunities during the ICC tournament.

Madrid and Bayern both demand to be at the pinnacle of European football, but they will have to bed in new talent to compete with the best at home and abroad.

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