Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Betting Tips & Preview – Wednesday 15th August 2018

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Rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid go head-to-head in the 2018 UEFA Super Cup final at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, Estonia on Wednesday night. This will be Julen Lopetegui’s first game in charge of Los Blancos. Meanwhile, the experienced Diego Simeone remains Atleti boss, and the Argentine will be hungry for success this season. This promises to be a fascinating fixture between last year’s UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League winners.

Real have been Super Cup specialists in recent years, winning the trophy in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Last term, Los Merengues beat Manchester United 2-1 in Skopje. As for Los Rojiblancos, they lifted this cup in 2010 and 2012, with almost total domination from the city of Madrid this decade. Matches between these two great rivals are always emotional and frantic affairs, and we should be in for a memorable European final in Estonia. Will Real retain their crown, or can Atleti add a third Super Cup to their growing trophy cabinet?

Top Tips

Draw @ 9/4

Draw & BTTS @ 7/2

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Real Madrid Form

It’s a new era for Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu this season. With Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo no longer at the club, are Los Blancos weaker? The Spanish giants did make one eye-catching capture, with Belgium international Thibaut Courtois arriving from Chelsea on deadline day in England.

Barcelona, who stormed to the title last year, are once again favourites to win La Liga. Then come Real at 6/4 and Atleti at 10/1. Lopetegui is no doubt an excellent manager, but will his squad have enough to compete with Barca this term? First and foremost, Los Blancos will want to start their season off by winning some silverware.

MatchDateScoreResult
Real Madrid v Roma 8th August 2-1 Win
Real Madrid v Juventus 4th August 3-1 Win
Manchester United v Real Madrid 1st August 2-1 Loss

Atletico Madrid Form

Atleti had a fine campaign last time around, finishing runners-up to Barcelona in La Liga. At their new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Los Colchoneros won 12, drew six and lost just one, with only Barca accumulating more home points. The champions were also the only team to pick up more points away from home.

After dropping out of the Champions League early on last year, Atleti made the most of their time in the Europa League. Having navigated past Arsenal in the semi-finals, Los Rojiblancos thumped Marseille 3-0 in the final to win their third Europa League crown. However, Simeone’s men will want to be a force in Europe’s elite competition again.

MatchDateScoreResult
Cagliari v Atletico Madrid 8th August 0-1 Win
Stuttgart v Atletico Madrid 5th August 1-1 Draw
Paris Saint-Germain v Atletico Madrid 30th July 3-2 Loss

Head to Head Stats

Both matches between these two rivals ended in stalemates in La Liga last term. After a goalless draw at the Metropolitano in November, Antoine Griezmann rescued a point for Atleti in the 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu back in April.

The last time they met in Europe, Real did enough to beat Atletico in the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2017. Los Blancos did their business in the first leg with a 3-0 win. This will be the first meeting between the pair in the Super Cup.

DateHomeScoreAwayResultCompetition
8th Apr 2018 Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid Draw La Liga
18th Nov 2017 Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid Draw La Liga
10th May 2017 Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid Atletico Madrid Champions League

Injuries & Suspensions

New signing Alvaro Odriozola and defender Nacho Fernandez could miss the trip to Tallinn for Real. Atleti will be sweating on the fitness of Kevin Gameiro and Victor Vitolo, who are both doubts for this one.

Real Madrid

  • Alvaro Odriozola - Could miss out through illness
  • Nacho Fernandez - Defender is a doubt with a knock
  • Jesus Vallejo - Side-lined until September with a muscle injury

Atletico Madrid

  • Kevin Gameiro - Could miss out with a muscle problem
  • Victor Vitolo - Back in training after an ankle problem

Betting Tips

Real Madrid have been the real deal in the Champions League for the last few years, lifting the trophy three years in a row. Lopetegui did well at Porto and during his time as Spain boss, but he’s never won a trophy as a manager. The 51-year-old will be hoping that changes sooner rather than later. In contrast, Simeone has been a serial winner since taking over Atleti in 2011. This final in Tallinn is an extremely tough fixture to call, with either side capable of winning it.

Draw

On paper, there’s not a lot to split these two rivals, which should make for an intriguing contest on Wednesday night. With that in mind, we can see this final going to extra time. Have a punt on the draw in the 90 at 9/4.

Draw & Both Teams to Score

With a plethora of attacking talent on show in both camps, expect there to be goals in Tallinn. Check out the solid price of 7/2 for the draw and both teams to score.

Atletico Madrid to Lift the Trophy

Atleti have had some bad luck in finals against their fierce Madrid rivals, but will that change this Wednesday? Simeone’s men are available at evens to lift the trophy, a price well worth taking a look at.

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