Real Madrid to kick off post-Ronaldo era with Atletico Madrid showdown
It was a profitable weekend for the column courtesy of wins for Manchester City and Barcelona. There's plenty of matches for punters to get stuck into this week too, including Wednesday's big Super Cup clash between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
Running total: +£7.21
The 43rd edition of the UEFA Super Cup pits two teams from the same city against each other for the first time ever. Real Madrid won this competition last season as they beat Manchester United 2-1. Real are looking for their third consecutive Super Cup win and start as 6/4 favourites for a match that will be played in Tallinn, Estonia. Diego Simeone's Atletico finished three points and one place better off than their illustrious rivals last season, and could be worth a punt here given the fact the Champions League winners are a team in transition. Zinedine Zidane walked away after that victory over Liverpool in May while Cristiano Ronaldo has also left for pastures new. It may take some time for Julen Lopetegui to put his stamp on this side and their preseason results have been fairly erratic. You can never rule them out but all things considered Atleti look a spot of value at 2/1 to win in 90 minutes.
The Tasty Treble
Aston Villa have started the season in fine fashion and they look a decent bet at 3/5 to win at Yeovil in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. Steve Bruce's side have a one hundred percent record in the Championship so far and received a boost last week as they managed to hang on to Jack Grealish despite interest from several Premier League clubs. Sunderland (13/10) might be a League One outfit these days but they are starting to look like a decent side again under Jack Ross and can get the better of Sheffield Wednesday at the Stadium of Light. Finally, add in Norwich City at 1/2 to overcome Stevenage for a League Cup treble paying just over 9/2.
Selection: £2 on the treble at 4.51/1 with bet365
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The Wildcard Tip
Gareth Bale will be keen to establish himself as the main man following Ronaldo's move to Juventus but the Welshman could be outdone on Wednesday by Antione Griezmann, who regularly shines on the big occasion and who could help his side to victory in Estonia. It will be interesting to see how new recruit Thomas Lemar goes in his first big test since his high profile transfer from Monaco and our hunch is this could be a cagey affair early on. With this in mind it might pay to back the draw at half time, with Simeone's men prevailing after that.
The Bookie Basher
Celtic face a make or break evening in Greece on Tuesday with their Champions League firmly hopes in the balance. A 1-1 draw at home to AEK Athens last week was a poor result and the Hoops followed that up by losing to Hearts at the weekend. All is clearly not well at Celtic Park with Brendan Rodgers having to publicly deny rumours he may be about to walk away. AEK looked lively in Glasgow and held their own even after being reduced to 10 men for the final half hour. They could be getting Celtic at the right time here and a punt on them to beat the Hoops in a low scoring game could be the way to go.