Spanish Super Cup tips: Bale to fill Ronaldo’s boots and score first
Our expert football writers pick out three top Spanish Super Cup tips with the two bitter rivals locking horns yet again this Wednesday.
After facing each other for the second time in under a month, the two footballing giants will make it three with see a new chapter in the long and storied history of this fixture, as they meet in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
Los Blancos hold a 3-1 advantage over the Catalan club, after defeating them at the Nou Camp.
Can Enesto Valverde’s outfit mount a comeback at the Bernabeu, or will the Madrid men inflict further punishment on their fierce foes?
Read our three top Spanish Super Cup tips here…
Bale to fill Ronaldo scoring boots and net first – 6/1*
It’s going to be a big season for Gareth Bale. Significantly hampered by injuries last term, the Welshman will hope to stay fit and improve on his already considerable trophy haul.
Zinedine Zidane has previously stated that given a fully fit squad, he would always pick Karim Benzema, Ronaldo and Bale – and this faith should do wonders for the former Tottenham man.
He looked sharp and powerful in the Super Cup against Manchester United, dragging defenders out of position while making dangerous penetrative runs.
Benzema and Bale started as a front two in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup and, with Ronaldo out due to suspension, expect Zidane to deploy a similar frontline.
Bale should get plenty of service from Real’s sensational midfield, while unselfish Benzema will also play his part as facilitator.
El Clasico second leg to end all square in 90 minutes – 29/10*
Los Blancos might have an advantage going into the second leg, but Barca possess a surprisingly good away record to the Spanish capital club.
Barcelona have won on three of their last four tips to the Bernabeu so, even with Real in fine form, don’t rule out Valverde’s Barca drawing the game (29/10 with Sky Bet) but Madrid still lifting the trophy.
After the loss of Neymar for a world record fee, you sense Barca have done a lot of soul searching after their ego took a blow.
However, they have already invested £36,000,000 in Brazilian central midfielder Paulinho in an effort to sure up a midfield that often lacked steel last term.
Barcelona/Draw in Half-time/Full-time betting – 13/1*
With plenty to do heading into the derby, expect Barca to fly out the blocks and sneak an early lead.
Neymar may be gone, but the Nou Camp club still boast two of the world’s most deadly goal-getters in Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
Messi has scored an incredible 24 goals in 34 clashes with Real and has notched six past Los Blancos in five Spanish Super Cup outings.
Combine this with Ronaldo copying the Argentine’s iconic shirt celebration in the first-leg, back Messi’s men to find the net early and possess an advantage heading into the break.
However, Real are currently the best team in the world and will should take control with their outstanding midfield and finish the second-half all square – seeing Zidane lift yet another trophy.
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*All odds correct at time of publishing.