Side with Spaniards in Super Cup


Real Madrid and Man Utd clash

Champions League winners Real Madrid and Europa League champions Manchester United meet in the final of the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday to decide the kings of Europe.

Spanish sides have a fearsome reputation in this format, ending as winner 13 times and runner up on 11 occasions, ahead of Italy on nine and four. English football has plenty to be proud of at the moment, but have much work to do if they are to close the gap, the Premier League’s stats currently standing at seven golds, eight silvers.

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History makes Madrid difficult to oppose

Coral traders certainly appear to have done their homework, and have little trouble pricing Real Madrid up as convincing favourites to lift the trophy for a fourth time. Zinedine Zidane’s La Liga champions claimed this prize last year, beating Sevilla 3-2 after extra-time. Blancos were untouchable last season, and can signal their intentions for the year ahead with another big win here.

Our team have Real priced at 19/20 to win the match in normal time, or if you’d appreciate a bit of a safety net, there’s 1/2 on them lifting the trophy. Football punters have plenty to get through in midweek, including English and Scottish League Cup action, so that could sit well in your accumulators. Coral are betting on over 150 markets in the match, so if you’re stuck on the fence in regards to calling a winner, there’s still plenty to get involved with.

Ronaldo for three in-a-row

A flick through the stats makes for interesting reading. This will be the first meeting of Real Madrid and Manchester United since 2013, Blancos claiming a 2-1 in the Champions League at Old Trafford. That followed a 1-1 in the reverse the month before. Both teams have scored in each of the last five games involving these sides and taking the same again will net you 4/6. Worth careful consideration. Cristiano Ronaldo scored in each of those two games, and following a summer spent being linked to United, CR7 is 7/2 to break the deadlock and remind fans just what they are missing.

Jose Mourinho continues to chase that one big summer transfer that’ll allow him to rest easy for the months ahead, but he has put together a team capable of pushing on in the Premier League this season. Can the Europa League winners make the step up in grade and put a dent in Europe’s premier competition? We should get an idea of where they are at on Tuesday. Upset win is 5/2.

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