Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: 2018 Super Cup – Match Preview

The 2018 Super Cup is an all Madrid affair, as Atletico face Real in Estonia.

Real Madrid sold Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, with their star man opting to join the Italian champions Juventus.

Thiabut Courtois has arrived and the club also have a new manager in the form of Julen Lopetegui, who takes the role having left the Spanish national team.

Atletico Madrid have managed to convince the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Hernandez to sign new deals.

The Europa League holders have arguably had the best window of any side in Europe, with Thomas Lemar and Gelson Martins also joining.

Match history
Both meetings in La Liga last season finished level, including a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid eliminated their city rivals on route to the 2017 Champions League, progressing 4-2 on aggregate at the semi-final stage.

Last five meetings (La Liga unless stated)
Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 1 – 08/04/18
Atletico Madrid 0 Real Madrid 0 – 18/11/17
Atletico Madrid 2 Real Madrid 1 (Champions League) – 10/05/17
Real Madrid 3 Atletico Madrid 0 (Champions League) – 02/05/17
Real Madrid 1 Atletico Madrid 1 – 08/04/17

Atletico Madrid DC – 4/7 with Betfair

Team news
Real Madrid could name an XI here with no new signings, as Courtois is unlikely to feature here.

Luka Modric is likely to be given a breather following a late return from the World Cup, however Raphael Varane is expected to start.

Lemar is likely to be the new only new face in the Atletico team.

Vitolo and Thomas Partey will battle it out to start on the opposite flank, with Atletico set to name a familiar team.

Expected starting XI’s
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Isco, Asensio; Benzema
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Felipe Luis; Partey, Koke, Saul, Lemar; Griezmann, Costa

Predictions

Result: Draw (11/5 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 1-1 (11/2 with Bet Victor)

Anytime Goalscorer: Diego Costa (9/4 with Bet 365)

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