There’s no better way to gear up for the new season in Spain than a clasico Supercopa, the first time in five years that the two great rivals have met in the curtain-raiser. Real Madrid were victorious by the finest of margins then and coming in off a sensational season, they’ll fancy they can at least avoid defeat in the 1st Leg, having secured some decent results at Camp Nou under Zinedine Zidane.
The sale of Neymar is still the talk of Barcelona and they are yet to seal any deals to bring in a replacement. That should see Gerard Deulofeu start and although he remains a promising talent, it will clearly weaken them, while Real Madrid ought to be able to name their familiar ‘BBC’ front three.
This is Barcelona’s first competitive game since they won the Copa del Rey, a mere consolation prize at the end of last season in truth. They did beat Real Madrid 3-2 in a pre-season game in the US but with a trophy at stake, there’s much more riding on this. It’s also Ernesto Valverde’s first game at the helm and there are those who question whether he was the right appointment.
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There are no longer any doubts about Zinedine Zidane’s coaching credentials ,having secured a Spanish league title and back-to-back Champions League successes. They looked pretty sharp in midweek when they beat Manchester United to win the UEFA Super Cup and having had 90 competitive minutes under their belts already might just be an advantage here.
Zidane has tended to get it right in the big games during his time at the Bernabeu and has avoided defeat on his two league visits to Camp Nou as Real boss. It feels like the visitors are in the better shape overall, given what they achieved last year and backing Real Madrid Double Chance at 5/6 looks to offer.
If you fancy a bigger return, consider going for Real Madrid to Win & Both Teams to Score at 17/4. This fixture always produces goals and 3 of the last 6 meetings between the sides in Barcelona have seen Real Madrid win and both teams to score.
Additionally backing Cristiano Ronaldo to score anytime at 11/10 looks very good. He was in stunning form at the end of last season with 16 goals in his final 10 club matches.
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