Top Sporting Events of Week: Super Cup a Madrid Affair

By Martin Green12 August 2018
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UEFA Super Cup

This year’s Super Cup is a local derby as Champions League winners Real Madrid take on Europa League champions Atletico Madrid. Los Blancos won this game the last two years, beating Sevilla 3-2 in extra-time time last season and securing a 2-1 win over Man Utd last year. They go into this game as favourites against their city rivals, and deservedly so, as the Champions League is a much more prestigious tournament. However, it is all change at Real Madrid this summer, as manager Zinedine Zidane and star player Cristiano Ronaldo departed. Atletico are strong and stable by comparison, having kept their squad together and bolstered their ranks with the arrival of Thomas Lemar. You can get even money at William Hill on Atletico draw no bet, which looks interesting.

Premier League

The English top flight returns for week two, with a full round of fixtures at the weekend. Everton impressed in securing a 2-2 draw away at newly promoted Wolves, despite playing with 10 men for much of the game. Betfred has 11/8 on the Toffees beating Southampton at Goodison Park, which looks tempting. Man Utd are well priced at 17/20 with BetVictor to pick up an away win at Brighton. The Amex is a tough place to visit, as the Seagulls always defend doggedly, but Man Utd are blessed with vastly superior quality on the ball and that could make all the difference. Big games see Chelsea host Arsenal and Man City take on Huddersfield at The Etihad.

Champions League Qualifiers

Eight huge games take place on Tuesday night as the likes of Dynamo Kiev, Celtic, Fenerbache, Benfica and Ajax bid to remain in the Champions League. It is the second leg of the third qualifying round, and several ties are delicately balanced. Celtic could only draw with Greek champions AEK Athens in Scotland last week, and now they could crash out. Benfica beat Fenerbache 1-0, but now they face a tough trip to Turkey for the second leg. Ajax drew 0-0 with Standard Liege in Belgium, and they should see out the job in Amsterdam. There is plenty of value on offer, and you can visit our sister sites and for in-depth previews.

England v India (Cricket)

The English have been the vastly superior team so far in this four-Test series and they are odds-on to secure a whitewash. The weather should improve for the third Test this week and England look like a good bet to wrap up a comprehensive victory over Virat Kohli’s struggling troops. James Anderson has been devastating with the ball and if he rips through the Indian line-up again it will set the tone for another convincing victory.


Two big fights take place at Windsor Park in Belfast on Saturday. Carl Frampton puts his WBO interim world featherweight title on the line against 33-year-old Australian Luke Jackson in the main event. Jackson is 16-0 in his career and he has won regional titles, but this will represent a vast step up in quality. Frampton is just 1/50 with most bookmakers to win the fight, but Ladbrokes is offering tempting odds of 10/3 on him securing a stoppage in rounds 7-12. It has the same price on him winning via a knockout in rounds 1-6 if you think he can get the job done sooner. The undercard is pretty exciting, with Tyson Fury continuing his comeback against journeyman fighter Francesco Pianeta. Bet365 is offering 18/1 on Fury winning in the first round, which might tempt a few punters.