Real Madrid Set to Assert Their Dominance in Spanish Super Cup Second Leg
It was far from the ideal start for new Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde as his side crashed to a 3-1 defeat in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup at the Nou Camp. The two sides re-oppose on Wednesday, August 16 and Los Blancos have been priced up as 29/20 favourites for this contest.
The bad new for Zinedine Zidane is that star man Cristiano Ronaldo could face a spell on the sidelines through suspension after appearing the push the officials during a heated second half.
Even without the Portuguese maverick, Real Madrid should have enough to see off the Blaugrana, who don’t appear to have recovered sufficiently following Neymar’s much-coveted transfer to PSG. The Brazilian got off to the perfect start in Ligue 1, netting his side’s third goal in a convincing win against Guingamp, whilst his former team-mates floundered.
Gerard Delofeu flattered to deceive following his arrival at the club as Barcelona failed to create a wealth of clear-cut chances and the lack of potential stars emerging from their academy is a huge concern for the hierarchy. Their pursuits of Phillipe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele continue but neither of them are likely to arrive in time to save the club from possible humiliation in this second leg.
You can guarantee goals and drama whenever these two sides clash and more of the same is expected in the second leg. Over 3.5 Goals is priced at evens and can be backed with many of the bookmakers who we’ve reviewed, including Sky Bet.
It’s still early days for the new coach at the Nou Camp but his side look a little off the pace and short of confidence. The former Athletic Bilbao coach must lift his players for this clash with Real Madrid but it’ll be difficult to stop Los Merengues on current form.