By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 15th August 2018
Wednesday 15th August
Stadium: A. Le Coq Arena, Estonia
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UEFA Super Cup 2018 | Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid odds
The annual match-up between the Champions League and Europa League winners will see a first ever Super Cup bout between two sides from the same city.
The Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid odds have Los Blancos as favourites to sweep up their second European trophy of the year with their odds of a victory within the 90 minutes time frame betting at 6/4.
Real are 4/6 to defend their crown having previously bested their cross-town rivals in extra-time and on penalties in recent Champions League finals.
Diego Simeone to cause an upset against a Ronaldo and Zidane-less Galactico side and lift the trophy is trading at 11/10 in the Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid odds.
Real Madrid vs Atletico odds | Road to the final
Atletico defeated Marseille 3-0 in the Europa League final to book their place at this UEFA Super Cup whilst Real Madrid brushed Liverpool aside 3-1 to win the Champions League.
Life on the white side of Madrid might seem a little surreal without iconic forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane on the sidelines but that is something everybody will just have to get used to.
New coach Julen Lopetegui is heading a transitional period at Real Madrid but winning trophies – a feat he has not achieved before – will decide whether his tenure will be regarded as a success or not.
The opportunity to claim his first trophy and a record-breaking third UEFA Super Cup in a row for Los Blancos is far too tempting to pass on so Real Madrid to win the first half and second half is our betting prediction with odds betting at a 17/2 pick.
Real vs Atletico odds | team news
Gareth Bale and Luka Modric have made the Real Madrid squad for this UEFA Super Cup clash in Estonia. Vinícius Júnior, Real’s 18-year-old £40m signing, could also appear and make his debut for the club.
Atletico made significant changes to their playing squad by bringing in Thomas Lemar, Gelson Martins, Rodri, Nikola Kalinic and Santiago Arias.
Shiny new goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois could make his debut against the club where his career well and truly took off.
The Belgian signed for Chelsea from Genk in 2011 but was immediately shipped out on loan to Atletico for three years where he established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Atleti coach Diego Simeone was quick to downplay the significance of Courtois repeatedly kissing the Madrid badge during the goalkeeper’s presentation and will likely fret over Antoine Griezmann’s fitness instead.
The Frenchman has played only 20 minutes since lifting the World Cup a month ago and will likely be replaced by countryman and new signing Thomas Lemar.
Head-to-head and previous results
Encounters between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are usually low-scoring bouts with both sides happy to keep tight and compact and Simeone’s side managing a paltry four goals in their last five derby match-ups.
The last five head-to-heads read as so: Real 1-1 Atletico, Atletico 0-0 Real, Atletico 2-1 Real, Real 3-0 Atletico, Real 1-1 Atletico, Atletico 0-3 Real.
But this is the first competitive fixture of the season for both sides and five of the last six editions of the UEFA Super Cup have seen three or more goals.
Over 3.5 goals is our betting tip with odds trading at 11/4 in the Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid odds.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about many different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Sport Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.