Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt will officially open the season of UEFA games. They meet in the European Super Cup, as the reigning winners of the UEFA Champions and the UEFA Europa League. The game takes place in Helsinki at the Olympic Stadium this Wednesday night. Real is, of course, the favorite in this event, but the German unit should be underestimated even though they suffered a humiliation against Bayern Munich this Friday.
Real Madrid (-200) didn’t play any competitive games since the UCL finals against Liverpool, which ended 1-0 in their favor. Though that doesn’t mean European champions didn’t have tough games in the past few weeks. They were on tour through the United States, where Carlo Ancelotti’s unit met with some top rivals.
Their first meeting was against Barcelona in an overseas El Clasico, and Los Blancos lost that one, 1-0. The next game Real played was against Club America, and that one ended 2-2, and the last one saw the Spanish champs defeating Juventus, 2-0.
Real plays cautious and careful football without too much beauty in it. Ancelotti has either ultra-experienced or very promising players, and he has a perfect balance on the pitch. One thing we need to mention is that just one of the past six games saw over 2.5 goals.
Eintracht Frankfurt (+475) suffered one of the worst losses at home in its history this Friday. They lost 1-6 to Bayern Munich, who scored five goals in the opening 45 minutes and could add at least three more in the second half.
The problem for the Eagles now is the fact that plenty of their players are in transfer talks, which shifts their focus from the field to other matters. The second is that they don’t have the proper replacements right now, which will create many issues if some of these guys leave.
Eintracht plays aggressive football, emphasizing wingers and pressuring on both flanks. They have a solid team, with a few standout individuals, the most notable, Filip Kostic, who is on the radar of all the top teams in Europe.
Oliver Glasner won’t count on Buta and Onguene, while Smolcic, who didn’t play against Bayern, is available. His absence on Friday was due to a domestic league yellow-card suspension.
There isn’t any news about Real’s absences.
Head to Head
Back in 1960, these two teams met in the finals of the European Champions Cup. It is one of those historical games, because it still is the most efficient finals ever, as Real won 7-3.
We don’t believe Real would win flamboyantly like Bayern, but we don’t doubt Los Blancos’ triumph. They are a better team, with much higher quality, and even though it is possible to see everything in one match, the Madridian’s should come out of this one as winners. The odds aren’t anything special, -200, but in our opinion, we aren’t facing some high risk in this case. For those who want to be more courageous, take Real -1.5, because the odds here go up to +130.
Pick: Real wins at -200
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