Although the Community Shield is treated as nothing more than a curtain raiser in England, its Spanish equivalent is taken just a little more seriously and after also doubling in size during the past couple of years, the stature of the Spanish Super Cup has now increased.
Especially as the 2022 edition has once again pitted two foes together and with the latest instalment of the Barcelona and Real Madrid rivalry set to take place this evening, only one outfit can advance to Sunday’s final.
A final that like the two semi-finals before, will be take place in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh and although this will be something of an unfamiliar setting, there will certainly be n love lost in the Middle East.
With Real Madrid currently at the top of the LaLiga summit, they will be confident of landing an important piece of silverware at the end of the season and before they add another domestic crown, they will also be favourites to lift to the 2022 edition of the Spanish Super Cup.
With Los Blancos making light work of Valencia at the weekend, it was Karim Benzema who opened the scoring and if you think he can do the same this evening, you can back the French international to score first at odds of 4/1 with Betfair.
While at the same time, this competition could offer Barcelona some respite from an indifferent league campaign and after being held away at Granada at the weekend, their hopes of a top-four finish have taken another dent.
In terms of injuries, Real Madrid have a relatively clean bill of health and are only without the pair of Gareth Bale and Mariano Diaz. As for Barcelona, they now add Eric Garcia to a list of absentees which includes both Martin Braithwaite and Sergi Roberto.
Looking at the pre-match odds for this encounter, all signs point to a Real Madrid win this evening and at a price of 10/11 with bet365, backing Carlo Ancelotti’s men to advance seems a rather shrewd move.