Super Cup Betting Preview
It’s a repeat of the 2012 Champions League final on Friday night as Champions League winners Bayern Munich take on the Europa League Champions Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho will be hoping to win another trophy at Stamford Bridge, less than two months since his return to London.
But the former Real Madrid boss will meet an old foe in the other dugout, with ex-Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola wanting to get one over Jose.
For the first time since 1997, the Super Cup will not be held in the Stade Louis II Stadium in Monaco, with this season’s ‘match of champions’ taking place at the Eden Arena in Prague.
It is also the first time since 2004 that both of the teams competing are no longer under the management of the coaches that won their respective European Cometitions.
Bayern are the pre-match favourites and will want to add to their recent string of trophies with new boss Pep Guardiola also wanting to mark his new tenure at the club with some early silverware.
The German champions have got off to an excellent start in their defence of the Bundesliga title, having beaten Borussia Mönchengladbach, Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Nurnberg before a draw against SC Freiburg on Tuesday.
Munich’s midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez have both travelled with the squad but they are both carry knocks and are doubts for the match.
Chelsea competed in this match last season after beating Bayern in their last meeting, the 2012 Champions League final.
Didier Drogba struck the decisive penalty for the blues that year to win the shootout 4-3 after the match had finished 1-1 after extra time.
However, Roberto Di Matteo’s side were well beaten in the fixture last year as Europa League winners Athletic Madrid romped home 4-1 winners.
A first hat-trick from talisman Falcao set the Spaniards running and Miranda put the game out of reach with his goal on the hour, Gary Cahill’s late goal proving little more than a consolation.
However, they’re back for another crack at it under the leadership on ‘The Special One’ and will be eager to bring their unbeaten start to the Premier League season into this game.
Like Bayern, they have a couple of injury worries with David Luiz and Thomas Kalas doubts for the game. New signing Willian will not feature.
Bayern are being backed strongly to win the match and the best pre-match odds you’ll find are 4/5 with Stan James.
A number of outlets are offering odds of 4/1 on a Chelsea win, including William Hill.
After netting 22 goals in his debut season at the Allianz Arena last season, striker Mario Mandzukic has started this campaign in similar style, scoring two goals in the first four Bundeslinga games. The Croatian is the bookies’ favourite to open the scoring in the Super Cup, with Paddy Power offering odds of 5/1 on that happening.
The match kicks off at 7:45pm and you can watch it live on ITV1 or Sky Sports 1.
You can also claim free bets with William Hill by visiting BritBets.com.