The UEFA Super Cup traditionally sees the Champions League winners take on the Europa League winners. This year the game will take place in Tbilisi, Georgia, and will involve La Liga heavyweights Barcelona and Sevilla.
Neither side is a stranger to the competition, with the two sharing eleven Super Cup appearances. Sevilla claimed the title in 2006, while Barcelona have claimed four victories, with the last coming in 2011.
Barcelona qualified for the competition by beating Juventus in last year’s Champions League Final, while Sevilla take their place after beating Dnipro in the Europa League Final back in May.
The two played twice in the league last year with Barcelona romping to a 5-1 victory in the Nou Camp, while the points were shared in the reverse meeting in Seville later in the season.
There is no doubt that the Catalan giants will go into the game as heavy favourites, and rightly so. Barcelona (1.35) enjoyed a near perfect 2014/15 season, where they managed to win a famous treble.
They possess the best attacking force in world football, with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez tormenting opposition defences on a regular basis.
However, their defensive unit has never been a strength. Some will argue that with an attacking force so strong, there is no need to worry about defending, but others will worry that the current unit lacks any real cohesion and should have been invested in over the summer.
Barca have added two of La Liga’s biggest attacking talents to their squad over the summer. Arda Turan joined from Atletico in a big money deal, while Aleix Vidal arrived from Tuesday’s opponents.
However, neither will be able to feature in the game, as they cannot make their debuts until January due to a transfer embargo.
Sevilla (8.40) are a side who pride themselves on being organised and extremely hard to beat. They like to stay compact in defence before counter attacking with both flair and pace.
Ever Banega is their key man. The Argentine likes to control the game from a deep-lying central midfield position, and has a truly wonderful range of passing.
Sevilla finished fifth in La Liga last year and, in truth, it really is going to be difficult for them to finish above that in the current climate.
This is due to the dominance of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico, along with the unlimited finance of Valencia.
Despite finishing outside of the qualification places, Sevilla will be playing Champions League football this season after their Europa League victory led to an automatic spot.
Last season’s top scorer Carlos Bacca left for AC Milan over the summer and will no doubt be missed.
However, the Andalusians have added serious talent to soften the blow with Ciro Immobile, Steven N’Zonzi and Yevhen Konoplyanka all arriving at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
As can be expected with every game they play in, Barcelona will more than likely dominate possession and the entire game on Tuesday evening.
Sevilla are a very good side who need to be respected by the European Champions, but we can only see a convincing Barcelona win in this one. However, we do feel that Sevilla will get themselves on the scoresheet in Tbilisi.
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