Barcelona will be looking to pick up where they left off on the domestic front on 12 August when they take on Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup. The Catalan club won the league at a canter last season and will come into this game expecting to lay down a marker of intent for the months ahead.
For Sevilla, this game will be more about showing they can compete with those at the top of the table. The side finished a disappointing seventh in the previous campaign and will be looking to ensure qualification for the UEFA Champions League.
Getting the ball rolling
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Where should I be investing my money in this tie?
Ernesto Valverde’s side were by far the best team in La Liga in the previous campaign. They finished the season having won 28 of their 38 league encounters, 14 points ahead of runners up Atletico Madrid and 17 in front of their greatest rivals, Real Madrid.
Sevilla finished just seventh but made it to the final of the Copa del Rey, where they came up against a rampant Barcelona outfit. Barça massacred Sevilla on that occasion, winning the game 5-0 which included a brace from Luis Suarez.
It will therefore come as no surprise that it is Barcelona who come into this cup game as the red hot favourites. You can back Barça to win the first silverware of the Spanish season at just 1.57, according to Oddsshark .
By way of comparison, Sevilla are further out at 5.50 to record a shock win, while a draw is priced at 4.00. While a repeat of the 5-0 thrashing in the cup final in April may not be on the cards, Barcelona should win this game and while trying to predict score lines can be a thankless task a 3-0 win for Barcelona is priced at 12.00, offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment – a US$5 dollar bet would reap a US$60 reward.
The odds look to be very much in Barcelona’s favour given the head to head record between the two sides. Barça have won seven of their eight finals against Sevilla and this may well be no different.
You can more than double your money by backing the Catalans to have complete control of the tie. Barcelona are at 2.25 to be leading the both at half time as well as at the full time whistle. Meanwhile, the price rises to 4.33 for the match to be level at the break but Barcelona to go and win the Super Cup.
For Barcelona it is almost an obligation to win this tie, while Sevilla can play with the pressure off. Very few people are expecting them to win the match, and that could well be their most potent weapon.
You can back both teams to score in this game at just 1.57. Meanwhile, you could potentially more than double your money by backing “No” for that option at 2.25. But again, the more specific the bets, the higher the possible rewards.
You can almost triple your money by backing both teams to score and a Sevilla win at 2.87. By way of comparison, both teams to score and a win for Sevilla comes in much higher at 12.00.
Just as they did in the Copa del Rey final, it may also be worth backing Barcelona to win this game to nil (without Sevilla scoring a goal). That particular outcome is priced at 3.00, meaning you could once again triple your initial bet.
For Barcelona to win both halves that price rises slightly to 3.75, and they are at 2.10 to score in both halves. Given the way these two sides finished last season, getting behind Barcelona to win this tie would look to be your best bet of investing your money successfully.
You can however double your money by backing Sevilla to score in either half. They are at 2.50 to net in the first and 2.00 to score in the second, while those prices are of course shorter for Barcelona – 1.53 in the first half and 1.33 after the interval.
Odds: Sevilla (5.50), Barcelona (1.57), draw (4.00)