Real Madrid vs Atlético Madrid: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips – 2018 UEFA Super Cup
Thursday 16th August, 5:00 am
A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia
The traditional European competition season curtain raiser is set to be an all-Madrid affair.
Although Real Madrid will go into this season opener as the slight favourites it will be without Cristiano Ronaldo after his summer move to Italian giants Juventus. This will be the first real chance to see how the new look team line up and perform without the talismanic Portuguese star.
Atletico Madrid have brought in a number of players in the close season to boost their chances of beating the powerhouses of Barcelona and city rivals Real to the La Liga title for the first time since 2014. Frenchman Thomas Lemar is the most high profile addition and Diego Simeone will hope that Real Madrid will take time to adapt to their new head coach, Julen Lopetegui.
Real Madrid have enjoyed a better pre-season than their city rivals but without some of the big names playing due to extended breaks following the World Cup it is debateable how much can be read into either side’s Champions Cup results.
Atletico Madrid will once again count on their strong defensive play to keep the likes of Bale, Benzema and new Brazilian wonderkid Vinicius Junior from having too many chances – while hoping that Diego Costa will be in the mood to put one over their trophied rivals. Atletico are masters of winning 1-0, and that’s how this fixture is shaping up.
1 x 2 Odds
Although there have been quite a few goals in the last few editions of the Super Cup Diego Simeone’s side pride themselves on their defensive attributes and if they are able to get the first goal then they will be well placed to shut out Real Madrid. Atleti conceded only 22 league goals last season, half as many as Madrid.
It may be a serious game with a prestigious trophy on the line but this is very early days for both sides this season and Real Madrid in particular have a habit of shipping goals. If the defences are not entirely match ready there are more than enough attacking talents to rack up the goals. Only Barcelona scored more league goals than Los Blancos last season – 99 to 94.
Head to Head
The spoils were shared in La Liga last season with a 0-0 draw early in the season followed by a 1-1 draw towards the end of the campaign. The two sides have met nine times in European games with Atletico having never beaten their city rivals in a final or eliminated them from a competition.
- This will be the fourth all-Spanish UEFA Super Cup in the last five years – but the first to feature two Madrid teams.
- Real Madrid will be looking to win the trophy for the third year in a row and join Barcelona and Milan on five Super Cup triumphs.
- Atletico Madrid have a 100% record in Super Cup finals, beating Inter in 2010 and Chelsea in 2012.
- Diego Simeone is one of only five men to win the trophy as a player and a coach. He was a late substitute for Lazio in 1999 and led Atletico to victory in 2012.