UEFA Super Cup Final: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid – 15/08/18

UEFA Super Cup Final: Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid – 15/08/18

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

It’s an all-Spanish affair in the UEFA Super Cup final this year, as Julen Lopetegui’s brand new Real Madrid side take on Atletico Madrid at Estonia’s Lilleküla Stadium. Last years Champions League winners and current Super Cup holders Real Madrid head into this match-up full of confidence after a strong pre-season which has seen them lose just one of their four friendly fixtures.

Los Blancos have won their previous three matches against Juventus, Roma and AC Milan so will take plenty of momentum into their season opener here against Atletico Madrid. Goals from Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and 21-year-old forward Borja Mayoral secured a compromising 3-1 victory for Madrid in their most recent clash with AC Milan on Saturday evening, with former striker Gonzalo Higuain’s 4th minute goal acting no more than a consolation for the Italian’s at the Bernabeu.

After a nine year stint at the club, where he scored an astonishing 311 goals in 292 appearances, club legend Cristiano Ronaldo departed Real Madrid for a fresh challenge in Serie A with reigning champions Juventus in June. Ronaldo’s exit will no doubt be a huge blow for the Spanish titans, who relied so heavily upon him throughout his tenure at the club, so it’s going to be really interesting to see how they’ll cope without their leading man this time out.

Gareth Bale will now become the figure head in Madrid’s starting line-up, and his performances throughout pre-season have indicated that he’s ready for the task ahead. Bale lit up the Champions League final against Liverpool back in May, scoring a stunning overhead kick and then long range effort to win his side their third consecutive Champions League title. The Welshman has netted three goals in his last three games for Madrid so will carry a great deal of confidence into this tie with Atletico. With his current form considered, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the 29-year-old on the scoresheet once more in this one.

Europa League winners Atletico Madrid haven’t enjoyed as much success throughout the close season as their opponents for this fixture, winning just two of their five pre-season games. Diego Simeone’s men have fallen to the likes of PSG and Inter Milan, whilst also drawing with Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart this summer. They head into the new La Liga campaign hoping that this could be the season they challenge both Real Madrid and Barcelona to the league title.

After fending off plenty of interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs for star man Antoine Griezmann, Atletico will now feel confident in finishing above Real Madrid as Los Blancos cope with life after Ronaldo. Manchester United and Barcelona were both keen on acquiring the Frenchman’s signature this summer, however he will remain at Metropolitano Stadium for at least another season in what will be a huge boost for Diego Simeone’s resilient outfit. This game will be a massive test in terms of where their squad is at ahead of their La Liga curtain raiser against Valencia next Monday, and how strong they are in comparison to fierce city rivals Real Madrid.

Atletico boosted their attacking options with the signing of French wide man Thomas Lemar from Monaco last month for €70million. The 22-year-old, who was part of France’s recent World Cup winning squad is expected to be handed his first competitive start in this clash with Real Madrid. Lemar is certaintly going to be a player to watch this season and will massively improve an Atletico front line that was perhaps lacking in a bit of pace in wide areas. Can he get off to the perfect start by scoring here against the four-time Super Cup winners?

Recommended bets:

BTTS at 5/6 with Betfair

Gareth Bale to score first at 5/1 with Bet365