Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho renew their prickly relationship in the UEFA Super Cup as Bayern Munich take on Chelsea in what promises to be a cagey encounter which the all-conquering Germans can just about get the better of.
The Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League winners are 8/11 to see off the Europa League holders in 90 minutes, with the Blues easy to back at 16/5 and the draw priced up at 29/10.
Bayern are worthy favourites, but they will come up against a Chelsea side that has conceded just one goal in their first three Premier League games and successfully shut out Robin van Persie et al at Old Trafford last time out.
With that in mind, the 27/4 about a nervy 1-0 win for Guardiola’s side looks like a standout bet.
All correct score bets in this game will be refunded by bwin if either team takes the lead and goes on to lose, which is a cracking offer considering the quality of opposition Bayern face.
Guardiola’s record against Mourinho in Spain was impressive, as Barcelona triumphed in five of the 11 El Clasico renewals played out between them.
Real Madrid only managed to take the spoils twice under Mourinho and one of those was in extra time rather than 90 minutes.
The decision to rest key players ahead of this fixture appeared to backfire on the Bavarian club as they were held to a 1-1 draw away to Freiburg three days ago.
However, Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery and Mario Mandzukic will all have benefitted from a first-half rest and former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben will be itching to start after being left on the bench.
Despite winning the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan, Mourinho’s only taste of UEFA Super Cup action was a 1-0 loss to AC Milan in 2003 when in charge of the Portuguese side.
This is Chelsea’s second Super Cup tie in two seasons after their 4-1 defeat against Atletico Madrid last year.