Five Fantastic Flutters for the UEFA Super Cup
Cardiff plays host to Real Madrid and Sevilla, as the winners of the Champions League and Europa League take each other on at the City Stadium. Coral compile a number of value bets across differing markets ahead of the eagerly anticipated showdown.
On his return to Wales, the former Tottenham star will be keen to entertain his fellow kin. Having clinched the winner in the Champions League final against rivals Atletico Madrid, Bale can start his season on a high by scoring in front of a home crowd. He also netted an outstanding individual effort in the Copa del Rey final, so is used to notching in big matches.
Although Real have a wealth of outstanding attacking talent which includes Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Bale, and new signing James Rodriguez, a lot has been said about their defensive discipline. Always susceptible to the counter-attack, the capital club may concede if they commit too many men forward and lose the ball, with Sevilla dangerous while breaking.
Having top-scored at the World Cup, before securing a £63m move to Real, Rodriguez, otherwise known phonetically as ‘Ha-mes’ notched twice against Uruguay in the first knockout stage. Quite possibly, singularly one of the most aware attacking players in world football, this kid is more than capable of pouncing on even half-chances.
Real don’t exactly have the best disciplinary record, and do have a history of imploding in some big matches. Centre back Pepe received three straight red cards last season, as well as one for Portugal in the World Cup against Germany.
With the trickery and fast feet of Ronaldo, Bale and Rodriguez, Sevilla will need to be wary in and around the penalty area. Sevilla’s centre backs aren’t the most graceful or mobile, so if they dive into challenges, the chances are, they will concede fouls.