Real Madrid vs Man Utd: Super Cup joy for Red Devils


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Kick Off: 1945, 08/08/2017

Stadium: Philip II Arena, Skopje

TV: BT Sport 2

Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 10 competitive games against Premier League opponents but we’re backing Manchester United to buck that trend in Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash in Macedonia.

The Red Devils prevailed on penalties when these teams met in an International Champions Cup friendly last month and overall have enjoyed a much better build-up to this contest.

Jose Mourinho will be fired up to put one over his former employers and we reckon the English team are value at 31/20 to lift the trophy in our Real Madrid vs Man Utd betting predictions.

A Look At Real Madrid’s Betting Odds

As well as going down to United in a Santa Clara shoot-out, Real Madrid were beaten 4-1 by Manchester City and lost 3-2 to Barcelona in the US tournament.

The Whites completed their tour of America by drawing 1-1 with an MLS All Stars XI, before this time prevailing on penalties, but they have generally looked off the pace in pre-season.

“The tour has not been great in general,” admitted Zinedine Zidane. “We did some good things but the feeling is bad because we played four games and struggled.”

Cristiano Ronaldo will surely be short of fitness after sitting out the whole trip, while Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema failed to get on the scoresheet, so Zidane has much to ponder.

Madrid may also have one eye on an upcoming Spanish Super Cup clash with arch-rivals Barca, so we feel they are worth taking on here.

Looking at the Real Madrid vs Man Utd odds, we like 12/1 for the Red Devils to win 2-1.

A Look At Manchester United’s Betting Odds

Before edging out Real on penalties, Manchester United had already claimed three straight wins in the US, beating LA Galaxy 5-2, Real Salt Lake 2-1 and neighbours City 2-0.

They completed that competition with a 1-0 loss to Barca but have since crushed Valerenga 3-0 and beaten Sampdoria 2-1, so they should be more up to speed and in good spirits.

Major signing Romelu Lukaku and hot prospect Marcus Rashford have been among the goals up front, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan has contributed three from midfield as he looks to kick on this term.

“It was a great pre-season,” Juan Mata told MUTV. “We had a few amazing weeks in the States playing some very good rivals and against Sampdoria it was difficult to beat this tough Italian team.

“Last season was a good season, now we have an opportunity this season to lift more trophies.”

Both managers will be able to utilise strong bench players and look set to make changes during the second half, so 51/20 for a substitute to score a goal, as has happened for the past two years, completes our Real Madrid vs Man Utd betting tips.

Team news

Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are suspended for United, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo are recovering from long-term injuries, while Timothy Fosu-Mensah has not travelled ahead of a loan move away from the club.

Ronaldo is in Real Madrid’s 24-man squad despite only just returning to training, with Zidane stating: “He is relaxed and what impresses me the most is that physically he is as fit as the day of the (Champions League) final.”

Additional stats

Last result:

MLS All-Stars 1-1 REAL MADRID (2-4 on pens) – Borja Mayoral

MAN UTD 2-1 Sampdoria – Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata

Head-to-head: Man Utd 1-2 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 1-1 Man Utd, Man Utd 4-3 Real Madrid, Real Madrid 3-1 Man Utd.

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.