La Liga Super Cup action serves as a handy precursor to the main event, La Liga season getting underway in a fortnight. This year the curtain raiser features Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, Copa Del Rey champions against La Liga champions, respectively. Here’s a preview of the first leg complete with soccer free picks to consider.
Real Madrid win UEFA Super Cup
Real Madrid are flush off a 2-0 win over Sevilla in UEFA Super Cup action, a match that features the champions of both top-flight and second-tier UEFA Cups. Cristiano Ronaldo was responsible for both goals, assisted by Gareth Bale on the first when the Welshmen cut a lovely pass that found Ronaldo waiting at the edge of the box. The second goal came courtesy of an assist by Karim Benzema.
Real Madrid’s start to the season began auspiciously and they’ll look to continue that positive trend when they host Atletico Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on Tuesday. Bookies install the Spanish giants as the hot favourites at -188 to win the first leg on home ground as well they match Real Madrid at -275 to lift the Trophy at the end of the two-leg affair.
Real Madrid however might have to do without Gareth Bale and Pepe according to the latest reports. Both players missed training with injuries at the weekend as the team was preparing for an important warm-up clash with Fiorentina with injuries. Indeed, a 2-1 defeat to Fiorentina ensued despite Ronaldo opening the scoring in the fourth minute with an assist by Di Maria.
Atletico Madrid warming up
Atletico Madrid have seen no formal action yet, only a slew of club friendly matches which saw them go 3-1-0 in the month of August. They opened with a scoreless draw to Galatasaray before beating Wolfsburg 5-1, Cadiz 1-0 and Sampdoria 2-0.
Atletico Madrid lost Diego Costa to Chelsea in the summer transfer window, but his departure isn’t seen as a major disaster. They’ve done enough to replace him along with those others departing, such as David Villa, Felipe Luis, Diego and Adrian Lopez. Atleti have acquired Mario Madzukic from Bayern Munich as well they brought in Jan Oblak, Antoine Griezmann Miguel Angel Moya, Guilherme Siqueira, Cristian Ansaldi and Angel Correa arriving up front.
Diego Simeone has a knack for inspiring his team to great things, no matter which players are contained within – his resume speaks loudly to that effect with a Europa League title, Copa Del Rey and La Liga title during his tenure with the club over the last few years. What’s more, he brought his side to within a match win of the ultimate prize – Champions League. As things currently stand, this would appear to be another balanced Atletico Madrid set to kick start La Liga action with a two-leg Super Cup affair against Real Madrid.
Atleti suffered two key defeats to Real Madrid last season; they lost the two-leg Copa Del Rey clash 5-0 and the Champions League final 4-1 in extra time. They have plenty incentive for revenge one would think. Bookies install Atleti as the whopping +475 underdogs to win outright while the draw is trading at +333. To win the trophy outright, they are a reasonable bet at the moment at +200, on account of starting on the road. If Atletico can keep the first leg close, they’ll have the advantage of home ground in the second leg, which could prove deciding.
Soccer Betting Verdict
The first leg could swing both ways, naturally. Real Madrid have home advantage, which underscores their favourable soccer odds of -188 to win outright. As well, they have the confidence from UEFA Super Cup victory to motivate them towards more silverware on the season. Indeed, Ronaldo has made sweeping claims on all six trophies on hand this season for Real, a big boast he and his club might rue.
The gauntlet thrown down so, it remains to be seen whether Atletico Madrid will rise to the challenge. Certainly, they proved last season that they were not to be trifled with at all. They could prove the savvy soccer pick to win at +475 at Real or pull off the draw at +333. For cautiously optimistic soccer bettors, there are double result options to consider as soccer picks, such as the combination of a draw or Atleti win at +160.
Soccer Free Picks: Real Madrid to win outright