Pep Guardiola will be looking to win his first trophy as his German outfit faces Jose Mourinho's Blues in Friday’s European Super Cup
Jose Mourinho will continue his rivalry with Pep Guardiola in Prague on Friday night when both lead their men to challenge for the European Super Cup. The former Real Madrid and Barcelona managers will also be gunning for their first title with their new clubs.
The battle of the Eden Arena incidentally is the first European trophy this season and both clubs will be fired up to play the best of football towards capturing the ultimate prize.
Bayern Munich now have a chance to avenge their 2012 Champions League final defeat to the Roman Army after a grueling penalty shootout. Ladbrokes back Guardiola’s side as favorites at 4/5 (1.80) to win the match.
For the west Londoners who triumphed over Benfica courtesy of a late second goal, participated in the last edition but were severely dealt with by a more organised Athletico Madrid. They will be hoping to get things right the second time and they are a 10/3 (4.33) play with Ladbrokes to cruise to victory.
The draw is available at 11/4 (3.75) with the same bookie.
Still sad for losing the German Super Cup to bitter rivals in July, the Germans who sit atop the Bundesliga boast of quality players that can make life difficult for their English opposition. Though, the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez are both doubts for the encounter no thanks to injury, Ladbrokes price them at 4/11 (1.36) to win either half.
The Blues have no injury worries and Mourinho will be expected to field a very strong starting line-up. Goalkeeper Petr Cech in the match against Manchester United kept his 200th clean slate in Chelsea’s jersey. Buoyed by the possibility of extending this to 201, Chelsea is available at 4/1 (5.00) to keep a clean slate.
The over 2.5 goals bet at 3/4 (1.75) seems like a fantastic offer when you consider neither sides, or coaches, will want to lose so expect a tight affair. This bet would have paid out in Bayern's last three matches, as well as two out of Chelsea's last three competitive games.