La Liga’s dominance on the continent last term has made for an all-Spanish UEFA Super Cup final for only the second time, as Champions League winners Real Madrid take on Europa League victors Sevilla at the Cardiff City Stadium.
A repeat of the Andalusian’s 3-0 scoreline over Barcelona in 2006 looks unforseeable at 150/1, but each of the three bets listed below have live chances of coming in.
Sergio Ramos to score the first goal @ 14/1
It’s easy to forget just how sensational and significant Ramos’ striking form was between late April and mid-May.
The centre-half scored six goals in the last seven games of Real’s campaign, of which four were his side’s first in the match, with two of those opening the scoring.
For those who feel squeamish about eschewing Cristiano Ronaldo, the 2/1 jolly in this market, Ramos can be backed at 17/4 to simply get on the scoresheet in Cardiff.
James Rodriguez to score the last goal @ 4/1
Los Blancos shiny new £63m signing from Monaco will be raring to go after clinching the Golden Boot at the World Cup, in spite of Colombia’s limp quarter-final exit against the hosts.
Nevertheless, backing James to come good late on in Brazil proved hugely profitable as four of his six goals ultimately closed proceedings in their respective fixtures, which suggests he’s well worth a punt to do the same here.
Carlos Bacca to score at any time @ 9/4
Sevilla gained some revenge for a 7-3 thumping at the Bernabeu last October by edging past Real 2-1 in Andalusia five months later.
James’ Colombia teammate Bacca bagged in the Spanish capital and struck twice at home, with both coming after Ronaldo had given Carlo Ancelotti’s men a 14th-minute lead.
Bacca finished last season with an 18-goal haul in all competitions and hit the backs of nets in each of the three rounds prior to Sevilla’s Europa League final win.