Real Madrid go head-to-head with neighbouring rivals Atlético Madrid in a UEFA first, same-city Super Cup. The clash of the Spaniards takes place on Wednesday 15th August at 8pm at the Lillekula Stadium in Tallinn, Estonia, and marks the fourth all Spanish final out of the last five editions.
Real ready after big changes
As the first competitive match without Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane, it will be interesting to see how Real fare under new management, especially after the World Cup firing fiasco has made replacement Julen Lopetegui public enemy number one amongst Spanish football fans.
Most of the big-hitters from their Champions League victory over Liverpool in May remain, however, with Gareth Bale expected to start – and the addition of former Atleti keeper Thibaut Courtois will only make them stronger.
After becoming the first side to win the UEFA Champions League in three consecutive seasons, you would expect them to be on fighting form to make history as the first club to win three successive UEFA Super Cups. With Real Madrid having won four out of the six UEFA Super Cup games they’ve played, including the previous two editions of this match, they look good value to win at 6/4 with Grosvenorsport.com.
Atlético looking to maintain their 100% winning rate
After their most recent performances lacking the consistency of their rivals, it would be surprising if Atlético lift the trophy this year. Though, their track record in this competition suggests Atlético do prove a worthy opponent for the reigning champions. They are yet to lose a Super Cup match, having triumphed in their 2010 and 2012 UEFA Super Cup appearances against Inter Milan and Chelsea, and their odds to win this time round stand at 2/1.
Their fans will be pleased to see an appearance from newly appointed vice captain Antoine Griezmann, especially after he committed his future to the club after it looked more than likely that he would be making the move to Barcelona earlier this summer. His odds to score anytime are 2/1, and after firing France to the World Cup this summer, that could be a shrewd bet.
Europe’s golden boys too strong for city rivals
Despite Courtois and his controversial move adding fuel to Atlético’s fire, I wouldn’t fancy their chances and see the game being dominated by Real. So well versed now in European finals, and as in so many of their final performances, I expect the canny operators to outshine the opposition, but not without a fight from Atlético. I’ll be backing a Real win, and both teams to score at 4/5.