Tallinn Set to Host Exciting 2018 UEFA Super Cup Madrid Derby
Wednesday night this week will see the first European silverware of the 2018-2019 season decided as the winners of last season’s Champions League, Real Madrid, take on the current Europa League holders, Atletico Madrid in the 2018 UEFA Super Cup Final in Tallinn, Estonia.
It will be the fourth time in the past five years that the final will be contested by two Spanish-based teams, although it will be the first ever Super Cup Final between two teams originating from the same city. Spanish teams have something of a stranglehold on the trophy having claimed it in eight of the last nine seasons and they are sure to make that nine out of ten on Wednesday.
Both teams have experienced success in this tournament. Atletico have won the trophy on both their previous appearances in the Super Cup Final, while Real Madrid have played in the final six times in total, winning four.
The two teams are also no strangers to each other in terms of European competition as they have met in ten matches over the years. Real have the upper hand in these games, not losing a single match or a two-legged tie to Atletico in that time, amassing five wins from the ten games, with three draws and just two wins for Atletico in that run.
2018 UEFA Super Cup Final Factfile
- Date: Wednesday 15th August 2018
- Kick Off: 9pm EST (8pm UK)
- Venue: Le Coq Arena, Talllinn (Estonia)
- Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Super Cup Facts and Figures
- Barcelona and AC Milan are the most successful teams in Super Cup history with five wins apiece.
- Only one team other than Real Madrid has three or more wins in this match and that is Liverpool who have three victories in total.
- Spanish teams have won the Super Cup 14 times, Italian teams 9 times and English teams seven times.
- The first official Super Cup Final was in 1973, when Ajax defeated AC Milan 6-1 on aggregate over two legs. A match between Ajax and Rangers in 1972 is not viewed by UEFA as an official Super Cup game (Ajax also won that match).
- The tournament changed in 1999 when the Cup Winners Cup was disbanded by FIFA. Formerly the winners of that tournament and the European Cup (now the Champions League) played in the match. From 1999, the game has been contested between the winners of the UEFA Cup (now Europa League) and the Champions League.
- The tie was originally contested over two legs but was changed to a one legged game from the 1998 match.
- After hosting the final in Monaco for many years, since 2012 UEFA have moved the final around different venues across Europe with the game hosted in Prague, Cardiff, Tblisi, Trondheim and Skopje in recent years.
Plenty of New Faces for both teams
When it comes to the squads on show for the game then both teams will be missing some familiar faces, but also will have some exciting new talent on display for the 2018-2019 season.
The biggest departure from Real Madrid in the summer was of course Cristiano Ronaldo who left the club after an incredible nine years with the Spanish giants, during which he played a total of 438 games and scored an incredible 450 goals. The Portuguese legend left the club to join Juventus in the summer.
Atletico though have also waved goodbye to their own legendary striker with Fernando Torres leaving the club to sign for Sagan Tosu in Japan, while Kevin Gameiro has left the club to join up with Valencia.
On the positive side, Real can welcome a top new goalkeeper to their team in ex-Chelsea man Thibault Courtois, while two very talented youngsters Vinicius Junior and Alvaro Odriozola are both two to watch both currently and into the future, although Odriozola is injured and likely to miss the Super Cup game.
Real Madrid Squad
- Goalkeepers – Thibaut Courtois, Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla, Andriy Lunin
- Defenders – Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos (Capt), Nacho Fernandez, Jesus Vallejo, Dani Carvajal, Fabio Coentrao, Alvaro Odriozola, Marcelo
- Midfielders – Casemiro, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco, Dani Ceballos, Federico Valverde, Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio
- Attackers – Vinicius Junior, Lucas Vasquez, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Borja Mayoral
- Manager – Julen Lopetegui
Probable Real Madrid Starting XI – (4-3-1-2) – Courtois, Carvajal, Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Bale, Benzema
Atletico have also invested in some talented new players notably the French winger Thomas Lemar, who was linked for a long time with Arsenal and Liverpool before joining Atletico in the summer. Rodri, Nikola Kalinic and Santiago Arias have also come into the club, as well as Gelson Martins who was signed on a bargain free transfer from Sporting Lisbon in the summer.
Atletico Madrid Squad
- Goalkeepers – Jan Oblak, Antonio Aden
- Defenders – Diego Godin (Capt), Filipe Luis, Santiago Arias, Stefan Savic, Jon Giminez, Juanfran, Lucas Hernandez
- Midfielders – Koke, Thomas Partey, Saul Niguez, Thomas Lemar, Rodri, Vitolo
- Attackers – Antoine Griezmann, Nikola Kalinic, Angel Correa, Gelson Martins, Diego Costa
- Manager – Diego Simeone
Probable Atletico Madrid Starting Line Up – 4-3-3 – Oblak, Arias, Luis, Giminez, Godin, Koke, Niguez, Partey, Lemar, Griezmann, Costa
Top UEFA Super Cup 2018 Tips
As usual, we have taken our odds from bet365 Sport for the UEFA Super Cup 2018 and the odds shown were correct as of 1pm on Tuesday 14th August 2018. You can sign up with the latest bet365 sign up bonus offer by following the link.
Full Time Result
This should be a close-run game and in truth, I can’t see too many goals being score. Real’s attack is untested, and it is shaping up against a defence that has proven itself to be the best in the world over recent years. In truth, of the two teams I think Atletico are the stronger unit and I am going to back them to win this one at the generous odds on offer at bet365.
Even though I cannot see too many goals in this game, I do think both teams will score at least one goal and as such, I think the Result/Both Teams to Score option is a decent bet. I’d back Atletico Madrid to win and both teams to score – Yes, which is a very tempting 5/1 at the time of writing with bet365.
If you fancy a longer odds punt on this game then I’d back the scorecast on French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann scoring at any point during the game and Atletico Madrid to win 2-1, which is an 18/1 shot with bet365.
*All Odds displayed correct as of 13.00 UK Time on Tuesday 14th August 2018.