It is time for the annual showcase match between the current European Champions and Europa League winners. For the first time ever the UEFA Super Cup will feature two English teams, with last season’s Champions League winners Liverpool being the strong favourites to collect more silverware. Can Frank Lampard put his first piece of silverware in the cabinet though as Chelsea boss? Read our Liverpool v Chelsea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 12th, 2019 at 2:24 p.m.)
Considering the opposition that Liverpool had to go through on their way to Champions League success last season, it was a remarkable campaign. They were drawn against PSG, Napoli and Red Star in the group stage and they weren’t without their troubles there either. But they got through and then found Bayern Munich standing in their way in the round of sixteen. One big away night in the second leg saw the Reds make progress.
After an easier tie in the quarter-finals against Porto, Liverpool found themselves paired up against Barcelona in the semis. After a 3-0 loss in Spain in the first leg, Liverpool looked down and out. Not so though, as they turned on one of the most remarkable shows that Anfield has seen in the Champions League. The Reds produced a 4-0 second-leg win over the Catalans. Then it was fellow Premier League side Spurs in the Final. Liverpool won 2-0 to celebrate their sixth European Cup/Champions League title.
They played out a 1-1 draw with Manchester City in Community Shield to kick their new season off, losing in a penalty shoot-out. Then they smashed four goals past the newly promoted Norwich in their opening Premier League game last Friday. Mo Salah and Roberto Firmono started that game against Norwich, with Sadio Mane putting in a second-half performance. They boast the scoring power to do some damage
Salah is the first goalscorer favourite at 10/3* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 12th, 2019 at 2:24 p.m.). This is the sixth Super Cup for Liverpool with three wins from their five previous appearances. Their most recent title was in 2005 when they beat CSKA Moscow after extra time. Liverpool have lost keeper Alisson to injury, but given that the impressive scoring that they have in their ranks, they the favourites with the bookmakers.
The Reds took four points off Chelsea in the Premier League meetings last season
Chelsea took a 2-1 EFL Cup win at Anfield last term
The Blues have lost just one of their last six against Liverpool (W2 D3)
Both teams have scored in 10 of the last 12 meetings
The Blues had a fairly sedate start to their successful Europa League campaign last season. They posted W5 D1 record in the group stage, as the Londoners were easily a cut above the rest of the opposition without ever needing to field the strongest team or find top gear. They then eased past Malmo 5-1 on aggregate in the round of 32. They were expected to get a little bit of a tougher test from Dynamo Kyiv in the round of sixteen, but Chelsea crushed their opponents 8-0 on aggregate.
Chelsea, then managed by Mauricio Sarri took a 5-3 aggregate win over Slavia Prague, the second leg being a seven-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge. Then Chelsea were pushed to their limits by Eintracht Frankfurt in the semi-finals. Both legs ended 1-1 and with the extra time not providing a winner, it was down to a penalty shootout which Chelsea won 4-3. That put them through to the final to face Arsenal, but it was a one-sided match up with Chelsea winning 4-1, Eden Hazard getting two goals in his last game in a Chelsea shirt.
That was Chelsea’s second Europa League title from two campaigns. Impressive stuff. Times have changed over the summer with new boss Frank Lampard trying to pick up the pieces at the club with transfer ban hanging over them until next summer. The Blues took a 4-0 hammering at Old Trafford on Sunday against Manchester United in their opening EPL game. While Chelesa weren’t too bad going forward, they were wide open in defence and that will be a concern in facing Liverpool’s deadly attack. Do they go for damage limitation or try to stick to their guns of playing an open game? Early pressure for Lampard.
Chelsea were picked off time and time again by Manchester United’s counter-attacks on the weekend. Liverpool’s attack is far more clinical than that of the Red Devils. So that can only lead us to the conclusion that this is going to be a big European night of Liverpool in Istanbul. Where have we heard that before?
13th August 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
We get a great Madrid derby for this year’s European Super Cup as the match pits Champions League holders Real Madrid against their city rivals and Europa League holders, Atletico. This will be the first competitive match for Real Madrid since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. Will Atletico be able to spoil their day out? Read our Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid betting tips for more on the European Super Cup.
Real Madrid 6/4
Atletico Madrid 2/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from August 13th, 2018 at 8:35 p.m.)
Real Madrid were in action at the International Champions Cup as they were finding their way with new boss Julen Lopetegui and dealing with life after Cristiano Ronaldo as well. Madrid suffered a 2-1 loss against Man Utd before beating Juventus and then Roma. The notable performers through that festival of friendly matches were Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio with Bale scoring two and Asensio three in their three matches. This is an important season for Bale who is the one charged with really stepping up and filling the void left behind by Ronaldo. Bale is trading as the 5/1 first goalscorer favourite for the match* (Betting Odds were taken from August 13th, 2018 at 8:35 p.m.).
The game is being hosted at A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn which is the first time that a European Club Final has been hosted in Estonia. Real Madrid won the UEFA Champions League for the third straight season back in the summer as they got the better of Liverpool in this year’s final. They are also the holders of the UEFA Super Cup having won it back to back in 2016 and 2017. They are looking for their fifth Super Cup success in what will be their seventh Super Cup appearance. Because meetings between the two rivals have been close recently there is a price of 4/5 odds on real Madrid To Lift the Trophy* (Betting Odds were taken from August 13th, 2018 at 8:35 p.m.).
Atletico Madrid also took part in that International Champions Cup over the summer but they came away with the one draw (won on penalties) and two defeats. They faced Inter Milan just back on August 11th in the final game of the whole ICC and suffered a 1-0 loss. They failed to score in two of their three games then and we can see them fielding a similarly understand side like they did against Inter, for this contest. Atletico have actually done very well over the summer to boost their attacking output and they have made a lot of moves including going for Thomas Lemar from Monaco and Nikola Kalinic from Milan.
Diego Costa is their shortest priced option in the anytime goalscorer market at 9/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from August 13th, 2018 at 8:35 p.m.). Atletico Madrid beat Marseille in the final of the UEFA Europa League earlier this year and they are in the Super Cup for the third time in their history. They won both of their previous appearances in 2010 and in 2012 so have that on their side. Because of how recent matches between these two have gone and with the x-factor of Cristiano Ronaldo missing for Real Madrid we have to consider going under 2.5 goals at 7/10 odds for this edition of the UEFA Super Cup* (Betting Odds were taken from August 13th, 2018 at 8:35 p.m.)..
Last season both Madrid derby matches in La Liga ended in a draw. In the last five meetings across all competitions, it means that things are even with one win each and three drawn matches. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two rivals in the European Super Cup. Interestingly eight of the last eleven meetings between Real and Atletico in all competitions have ended under 2.5 goals.
Hard to know the commitment, interest and quality of starting elevens in this one really. Neither side are likely to be at full strength, but in a tight situation, we are just going to go with Real Madrid even without Ronaldo. They looked a bit stronger than Atletico did through the International Champions Cup, our only real guide.
14th August 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Real Madrid v Manchester United UEFA Super Cup betting on Tuesday night is going to be the first piece of silverware up for grabs this year from UEFA. United start their Premier League campaign on the weekend while Real Madrid will be going off in the Spanish Super Cup. So it would be great to start the new season to collect a bit of silverware. Real Madrid have a W3 L2 record from their five previous appearances in the Super Cup while Manchester United have a W1 L2 record from their three previous appearances. Real Madrid are 4-2 up in the head to head with United from 10 previous meetings.
The last time United had to deal with Madrid was in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League round of sixteen with Madrid winning through 3-2 on aggregate. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal in both legs of that tie and will be a huge threat to the United defence once again. Real Madrid are on a ten match unbeaten streak against English Premier League opposition (W7 D3) while United can boast a W8 D3 L1 record in their last eleven European matches as they picked up the Europa League title last season.
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8th August 2017 / lee - Category: Free Bets & Bonus
An extra game here for Manchester United to squeeze in before the start of the Premier League season. They head off to Skopje, Macedonia to compete against Spanish giants Real Madrid for the title. The two met in the summer at the International Champions Cup, but neither were at their strongest in a 1-1 draw. Real Madrid won this last year against Sevilla and will be looking for their fourth title. United last appearance in the Super Cup ended in defeat against Zenit St Petersburg back in 2008. They have won it just once before and are 14/5 underdogs for this, with the draw at 11/4 and Real Madrid at 10/11.
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Surprisingly for such a high profile clash, this game on Tuesday night has been a little bit under the radar. Ahead of the Premier League start on the weekend, Manchester United have to travel off to Macedonia to face Real Madrid in the Super Cup. This will be a clash between two of the continent’s most decorated clubs of course and it would be a nice start to the new season to be able to pick up some silverware. United are here of course after their success in the Europa League last season when they beat Ajax in the final by a 2-0 scoreline. They became the fifth side to win all three major UEFA club competitions with that success. They have had a summer of building, can they start off with a massive positive?
They have only been to the Super Cup three times before have United, and their record there is W1 L2. They won their first ever appearance in 1991 as they beat FK Crvena Zvezda (remember that one?) while in 1999 they lost to Lazio and then in 2008 they lost against Zenit St Petersburg. So not a great record and actually no club from England has won the UEFA Super Cup since Liverpool’s success in 2005. United are underdogs for this one but both teams to score is a price of 4/6 and Romelu Lukaku is up at a price of 13/8 in the anytime goalscorer market. This will be the 11th meeting between the two sides, with United trailing 2-4 in the head to head. The goal count is close though 20-16 in favour of Madrid from those meetings.
The most recent clashes between Madrid and Manchester United were in the 2012/13 Champions League and the Spaniards won 3-2 in that one, proving to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s last European tie in charge of the Red Devils. Cristiano Ronaldo scored in both of those matches and he is a price of 11/4 in the Bet365 First Goalscorer market. Real Madrid lifted the Champions League trophy again last season, becoming the first side ever to win it in consecutive seasons. They are no pushover obviously and their pedigree in the UEFA Super Cup is a winning one, having gone W3 L2 from their previous five They have won their last three on the bounce.
No team has won successive UEFA Super Cups since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990. Spain have triumphed in the last three UEFA Super Cups, and in seven of the last eight. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 is a price of 8/11. Although Real Madrid starts their domestic season a week later than United start theirs, Los Merengues will be in action in the Spanish Super Cup next weekend. Real Madrid have lost one of their last 18 European matches and are unbeaten in their last ten games against Premier League opposition (W7 D3). Madrid’s overall record against English clubs is P34 W14 D10 L10. United are on an unbeaten 11 match streak in Europe and their record is W13 D20 L16 against La Liga opposition.
Real Madrid to win: The Spaniards will be a lot stronger than they were against United in their summer friendly. At the end of the day, they are stacked with quality and just don’t lose many games so it is hard not to back them. It’s worth a flutter on both teams to score but Real to take the title.
7th August 2017 / lee - Category: Betting Advice
This is the annual showdown between the current UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League holders. This season it brings together Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Sevilla for the silverware and it is something of a curtain-raiser to the top flight domestic seasons across Europe. Real Madrid won this back in 2014 while Sevilla have also tasted success in this tournament, winning it in in 2006. Real Madrid are 5/6 to win, with the draw at 13/5 and Sevilla at 3/1.
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So Real Madrid will go into this one missing some key players. There is no Cristiano Ronaldo, who picked up that leg injury in the Euro 2016 final win over France, while defender Pepe gets a break after his extended summer. Also out of the squad for the Merengues are Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos, again because of their busy summer while on international duty. So the Merengues won’t be at full strength for this contest which goes off in Trondheim, Norway. Madrid were busy over the summer in the International Champions Cup, where they lost 3-1 against PSG and then recorded wins over Chelsea and Bayern Munich.
Up in the First Goalscorer market for the match you have Karin Benzema at a 4/1 option from Real Madrid’s side, while Alvaro Morata for Sevilla is just a little longer at a 9/2 price. Real Madrid, who took that dramatic win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Final this summer, traded blows with Sevilla in last season’s Spanish top flight. Real madrid took a 4-0 home win after losing 3-2 out on the road with them. There have been a lot of high scoring games between these two recently, with just one of the last eight meetings having gone under 2.5 goals. You have a price of 8/13 on the UEFA Super Cup going over 2.5 goals.
Both teams to score in the match is a price of 8/15 which will have some appeal. Sevilla took down Liverpool in last season’s UEFA Europa League Final, again re-affirming themselves to be the experts of the tournament. Two years ago they met in the Super Cup and a brace from Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo sealed a 2-0 win for the Merengus. So Sevilla will be hoping for better, that 2014 being their third Super Cup loss in four appearances. Of the last nine meetings, Sevilla have won just two games, losing the other seven, so are clearly the underdogs here. But will they be able to push, with Real Madrid not being at their strongest?
This may be closer than it would appear to be in the odds. Sevilla may well stick around in this one and give a good account of themselves. The 90 minute draw should have appeal because this is, after all, still pre-season and Real Madrid are missing key men that put them on a different level. They will probably find a way to win in the end, but look for the game to go beyond 90 minutes.
9th August 2016 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Will it be the Lionel Messi show in Tbilisi on Tuesday evening when UEFA Champions League winners Barcelona take on UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla. This is the third all-Spanish Super Cup affair and Sevilla were involved in the other two as well. For Sevilla, they are looking for their second title in what is their fourth appearance, while Barcelona are looking for a record-equalling fifth UEFA Super Cup title.
Barcelona are running on an eleven match unbeaten streak against Sevilla and they do have Lionel Messi in their ranks of course. Messi has scored a total of 22 in 19 matches played against Unai Emery, the current boss of Sevilla. That’s 19 games Emery has faced Barcelona in and yes to come away with a win against the Catalans.
Barcelona are natural favourites at 1/3 in the match outrights for Tuesday night’s game, with the draw at 9/2 and Sevilla at 8/1 for the win.
Going back to Messi, he has scored in each of the last five games played against Sevilla, a total of eight goals netted in that spell. Phenomenal stuff from him and he is a 5/2 first goalscorer in the match and 4/9 anytime goalscorer in Barcelona v Sevilla betting.
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10th August 2015 / lee - Category: Free Bets & Bonus
The annual clash between the winners of the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. Sevilla boss Unai Emery will be hoping to break his jinx against Barcelona, who has never managed to book a win over Barca in his career. Will the streak be snapped or will Barcelona deliver on their 1/3 favouritism at Ladbrokes? Sevilla go as 7/1 underdogs, with the 90 minute draw up at a price of 9/2.
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This is the third all-Spanish UEFA Super Cup match-up and the previous two both featured Sevilla (2006 and 2014). Sevilla lost against Real Madrid in Cardiff twelve month ago, but it was Barcelona who they beat in the 2006 edition. In total, Sevilla have been in three previous UEFA Super Cups, winning just the one. They go as heavy underdogs and their two strikers Ciro Immobile and Kevin Gameiro are both 3/1 quotes in the anytime goalscorer market with Ladbrokes. They sold their top scorer Carlos Bacca to AC Milan in the summer.
Sevilla have failed to beat Barcelona at the last eleven attempts now and Lionel Messi tore them apart with a hat-trick in last season’s league fixture at the Nou Camp and Messi was on the scoresheet again in a 2-2 draw played out back in Seville. Messi also netted a hattrick against Sevilla in the 2010 Spanish Super Cup and of Sevilla boss Unai Emery’s 19 meetings as a coach against Barcelona, Lionel Messi has slotted home 22 goals against his sides. Messi is trading as 8/13 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market, followed by Luis Suarez at 4/6. Neymar misses through illness. Messi is a 5/2 first goalscorer quote.
Sevilla have banked just the three clean sheets in their last 14 competitive matches, which suggests that this is going to go over 2.5 goals for a price of 4/9 with Ladbrokes. The last six meetings in all competitions have gone over and Barcelona have scored at least two goals in each of those six in that sequences. Both teams have scored in those last six meetings as well and you back that happening in the Super Cup for a price of 4/6. Barcelona hold an 80-38 lead in the head to head with Sevilla. Incidentally, Barcelona have won just five of their 21 games in Europe against fellow Spaniards (W5 D6 L10), while Sevilla have won six of their fifteen (W6 D3 L6).
Sevilla may be a bit light up top after selling off Bacca. Barcelona have the firepower to bank a relatively comfortable win, but would roll with the trend of both teams scoring and the game going over 2.5 goals.
10th August 2015 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
The two Spanish outfits will be battling it out in Cardiff on Tuesday night for the UEFA Super Cup title. This annual match brings together the current reigning Champions League and Europa League holders. Real Madrid hold a big head to head lead over Sevilla throughout their history, but Sevilla have pulled out a couple of surprise wins over the Bernabeu side recently. Still, Real Madrid are running as 2/5 favourites with online betting site Coral, with Sevilla as 6/1 heavy underdogs.
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Real Madrid are heavy favourites for the match and not surprising looking at the head to head between them, as they are 24-9 up, with three draws between them. When they came together at the Bernabeu last season in La Liga, Real Madrid buried Sevilla 7-3 in a great match. However, Sevilla bounced back to many people’s surprise and recorded a win back on home turf later in the season. Real Madrid have scored three of more goals in four of the last seven meetings against Sevilla, so that will naturally lead punters to expect that the game will comfortably go over 2.5 goals on Tuesday night. Only one of the last seven meetings have actually gone under, and that was a surprise 1-0 home win for Sevilla two seasons ago in La Liga.
With Madrid running at a heavy odds on price of 2/5 to land the UEFA Super Cup, there probably isn’t too much chance of an upset happening, certainly not one valuable enough to bet large on anyway. Real Madrid did pop up in the pre-season friendly tournament that was the International Champions Cup, where they lost against Manchester United. However, Carlo Ancelotti didn’t play his full strength side, so nothing to read from it. In the anytime goalscorer market for the UEFA Super Cup, the obvious options are Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and new boy James Rodriguez who are all even money to score. Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored four goals in the two games against Sevilla last season is far too shortly priced at 1/4 to offer value.
Sevilla produced a solid season in the Spanish top flight last season, where they finished fifth, two places below Real Madrid. However, the points difference between them at the end of the day was pretty big. Carlos Bacca and Kevin Gameiro are trading around the 4/1 mark with Coral in the anytime goalscorer market for them. It was Bacca, who had an impressive season up front for Sevilla last season, scored a brace in the 2-1 home win over Real Madrid last season, so could be worth a look. There is the option of both teams to score as well as Sevilla have only failed to score in one of their last seven against Real Madrid. Sevilla won a penalty shoot out against Benfica in the final of last season’s Europa League.
Real Madrid are priced too short to be any value in a game which they are expected to win. Yes, Sevilla have caused a couple of upsets recently, but they were at home Real Madrid have the bigger star power. There have been high scoring games between these two, so would push the boat out and go over 3.5 goals for a price of 6/5 with Coral.
11th August 2014 / lee - Category: Betting Advice