The UEFA Super Cup is the first real taste of competitive football for the teams involved, as it comes just before the start of the domestic football seasons in Europe. The game features the winners of the Champions League going head to head with the Europa League winners, which means that we are in for a real treat on Tuesday night, as we will see perennial giants Real Madrid vs Manchester United lock horns. Nonetheless, make sure you have the updated UEFA Super Cup betting odds for this game here.
Oddly enough, this will be the second meeting between these two teams in the past couple of weeks, as they also played one another when they took part in the International Cup in the US. That one ended in a 1-1 tie in regulation time, with United winning on penalties, but it was also a game where both teams played a lot of their fringe players in what really did amount to an exhibition game.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United UEFA Super Cup Betting Odds and Game Info
When: Tuesday, August 8 at 2:45 PM EST
Where: Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
Real Madrid vs Manchester United Odds: Real Madrid -½-103
Both teams are looking to pick up some silverware with this start of the season, but you can sense that a lot of pressure here is on United. They have been in a slump since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson from the manager’s seat, and they really need to be title contenders this season. This is a distinct possibility, as Jose Mourinho has made a habit of winning the title in his second season in charge of a club, which is what he will be heading into this year. Real Madrid posted a league and European Cup double last season, so you can bet that expectations will be high heading into the new season.
Why Bet on Manchester United?
United have looked very good in their preseason games, losing just once, a tight 1-0 loss to Barcelona. They have spent some money in the offseason, landing Lindelof, Lukaku, and Matic, which should strengthen their squad quite dramatically.
Lukaku has looked very dangerous up front in the games that he has played for the Reds so far, and Matic was a real standout in their 2-1 win over Sampdoria, which was his first game with his new club. With the Premier League set to start this coming weekend, it is going to be interesting to see what sort of team Mourinho fields for this one.
I am expecting that the starting eleven will be a preview of what we can expect for the coming season, but I don’t think it will be surprising if he does not make a lot of changes in the second half. This game may serve as the first real test for the new look Manchester United.
Why Bet on Real Madrid?
It has been something of a quiet offseason for Madrid in terms of spending, as the vast majority of the moves they made were to offload players deemed unnecessary to the squad, while also bringing in some younger talent who will most certainly not be featuring in the first team this season. Real Madrid have not picked up a single win in preseason play, but it is worth remembering that Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to feature in any of their games.
He is receiving some extra time off after playing for Portugal in the Confederations Cup, and he is returning to the squad since last week. He will likely see some playing time in this one, but I do not expect him to be on the field for the full 90 minutes. The question here is whether he will be able to make a positive impact in the time that he does get.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United Game History
- Total Meetings: 10
- First Meeting: April 11th, 1957. European Cup.
- Last Meeting: March 5th, 2013. UEFA Champions League.
- All-Time Series: Real Madrid 4-4-2
- Largest Margin of Victory: Real Madrid 3-1
- Longest Win Streak: Real Madrid 2 (2000-2003)
- Current Win Streak: Real Madrid 1 (2013)
- 1-Keylor Navas
- 2-Dani Carvajal
- 4-Sergio Ramos
- 5-Raphael Varane
- 10-Luka Modric
- 8-Toni Kroos
- 7-Cristiano Ronaldo
- 9-Karim Benzema
- 1-David de Gea
- 25-Antonio Valencia
- 2-Victor Lindelöf
- 12-Chris Smalling
- 17-Daley Blind
- 19-Marcus Rashford
- 6-Paul Pogba
- 16-Michael Carrick
- 14-Jesse Lingard
- 22-Henrikh Mkhitaryan
- 9-Romelu Lukaku
Real Madrid vs Manchester United Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While this is a competitive match, I expect both sides to play things a little safe, as neither will want to lose key personnel to injury so close to the start of the new season. I still expect a good game here, and I believe that Manchester United will come away with the win, since Real Madrid hasn’t shown much their last few matchups. Again, maybe it’s due to the start of the season, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t good players waiting to get the call from Zidane. We’ll have to wait and see who takes the title home this season.
Manchester United 2 Real Madrid 1