Supercopa de España Preview

Saturday is the traditional ‘start’ of La Liga season with the Supercopa de España, which pits the winner of La Liga vs the winner of the Copa del Rey. This season’s Supercopa sees the wonder that is FC Sevilla vs those Real Madrid characters who kinda won La Liga last year.

But all kidding aside, this game should be an interesting match up between the two sides. Sevilla are looking to extract a bit of revenge from their 3rd place in La Liga last season while Real Madrid are looking to pick up the pieces after a summer of turnover at the Bernabéu.

Real Madrid have struggled a bit this pre-season in an attempt to find replacements of a slew of players that jumped ship after last season. Roberto Carlos, David Beckham, Jose Antonio Reyes and Ivan Helguera have all yet to be replaced by first year skipper Bernrd Schuster. It is being reported that Arjen Robben signed with Madrid on Thursday, but he obviously won’t be around for kickoff of this game.

Former Barça standout Javier Saviola hasn’t produced as billed and the La Liga leading goal scorer, Ruud Van Nistelrooy is out with an injury as is Higuain, who is sidelined with an injured thigh.

Sevilla aren’t in such a good place either, as the injury bug has bit Javi Navarro, Kanouté, Julien Escudé and newcomer Kahlid Boulahrouz who are all doubtful for Saturday’s clash at the Sánchez Pizjuan.

Don’t expect Juande Ramos to put out any players that are questionable for this game as Sevilla has their first Champions League match on Wednesday against AEK Athens. As much as the Sevillistas want to give it to the La Liga holders, the draw of European competition will influence who plays on Saturday.

The backline will most likely be Alves–Drago–Hinkle–Poulson as Ramos has the option of moving Poulson to the back to start over Fazio.

My guess for this game is that both sides will come out a bit hesitant due to injuries. After 30 minutes or so, the game will open up and both sides will get some quality chances throughout the rest of the match.

I’m picking a 1-1 draw with goals by Chevantón for Sevilla and Ramos netting the equalizer for Madrid. Sevilla will look to win, but won’t chance their first Champions League match on Wednesday.

If anyone wants to catch this game, check out www.live-footy.org. I’m sure they will be streaming the game live via the Spanish broadcast.

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