BY Pete Starr

9 Aug

MatchPint Preview - Real Madrid v Sevilla - European Super Cup

Real Madrid v Sevilla
Tuesday 12th August
Kick Off - 19:45 BST

Predicted Line-ups:

Real Madrid - Casillas, Coentrao, Ramos, Varane, Carvajal, Modric, Kroos, Rodriguez, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema

Sevilla - Beto, Moreno, Parejo, Fazio, Coke, Iborra, Krychowiak, Vidal, Aspas, Jairo, Bacca

Tuesday 12th August, European footy proper gets kicked off by UEFA’s vanity project, the Super Cup, as Champions League winners Real Madrid take on Europa League conquering Sevilla in erm… the Cardiff City Stadium. For an event that took place in Monaco since it’s inception till a year ago, UEFA really know how to keep the glitz and glamour sky high.

Due the huge disparity in points between the two sides last term, 24, and the way each’s summer transfer dealings are currently panning out suggests that Real should romp this one. For example, whereas Real have bolstered their already ridiculous squad with World Cup winner Toni Kroos, and look set to add James Rodriguez before long, Sevilla have sold their captain and talisman Ivan Rakitic to Barca and replaced him with Iago Aspas, former Reading ‘legend’ Daniel Carrico and the talented but hugely untested Denis Suarez.

The big news here is that Ronaldo is set to return following the old shitty-knee that stitched him right up at the World Cup. That and being surrounded by rubbish teammates. He looks set to join forces in a sickening front three with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, who's just been tied to the club by a 5 year contract.

Further back the wet dream combo of Modric, Rodriguez and Kroos should lineup in the centre of the park, something that will only fuel speculation linking the excellent Angel Di Maria with a move away from the club.

Sevilla could also dish out three debuts of their own as the likes of Aspas, Aleix Vidal and Grzegorz Krychowiak have been purchased to offset the departed Ivan Rakitic and Stephane Mbia. Carlos Bacca, who hit 21 goals for Los Rojiblancos last year looks set to lead Sevilla's attack, with Kevin Gamiero waiting on the bench.

On paper this should be stroll for Real Madrid, whilst Sevilla did beat them 2-1 at the Ramon Sanchez last term, Real absolutely thumped them 7-3 in the return tie.

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