Real Madrid vs. Eintracht Frankfurt Live Real Madrid will look to equal the record for UEFA Super Cup victories when they face German side Eintracht Frankfurt in Helsinki for the 2022 title. It would represent Madrid's fifth all-time triumph in the European summer showpiece match that pits the Champions League winner against the Europa League holder.
But Eintracht Frankfurt will be looking to spoil Madrid's party as they did to other European powers in their run to the Europa League trophy last season. The Bundesliga outfit ousted another Spanish giant, Barcelona, along with England's West Ham and Scotland's Rangers to hoist the Europa League, thus earning a place in the one-off Super Cup.
Eintracht Frankfurt succeeded in European competition last season despite struggling in the Bundesliga standings, where they finished in 11th place. A heavy 6-1 loss to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga opener last weekend does not bode well for Eintracht supporters, but they'll be hoping the team can continue to flip the switch on the continental scene.
Real Madrid open their La Liga season on Sunday against Almeria, but they played three high-level friendlies in advance of the Super Cup. Carlo Ancelotti's men earned mixed results during those matches, ending on a high note with a 2-0 win over perennial Italian contenders Juventus.
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USA: Wednesday's match from Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland will be televised by CBS Sports Network (English), and Univision and TUDN (Spanish) in the United States. All three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. CBS and Univision subscription-based platforms Paramount+ and ViX+ will also carry the stream.
UK: In the UK, the match can be seen on BT Sport 1 and by streaming it on BT Sport platforms.
Canada: In Canada, the match will be streamed by UEFA partner DAZN.
Australia: Stan Sport will carry the match for fans in Australia.
Carlo Ancelotti has developed a consistent starting lineup over the last year, and it's unlikely that will change for this UEFA Super Cup match. Karim Benzema missed the first few preseason matches due to an extended summer vacation, but he is back and ready to lead the line.
Despite the arrival of Aurelien Tchouameni this summer for big money, the central defensive midfield spot is Casemiro's to lose at this point, while Tchouameni will get opportunities to impress off the bench.
Up front, it's likely that Federico Valverde will get the start on the right wing as he has in preseason and late last year, although Marco Asensio has played well in this summer's tuneup matches and could push for time on that flank.
Real Madrid projected starting lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Courtois (GK) — Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy — Modric, Casemiro, Kroos — Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
The biggest question for Eintracht Frankfurt this week is the status of playmaker Filip Kostic, who was instrumental to last season's European success. He is heavily linked with a transfer move to Italian side Juventus, and whether or not that move is completed before kickoff in Helsinki, the club may not wish to risk him if transfer talks progress.
Kostic would likely be replaced by young winger Faride Alidou, a 21-year-old German youth international who joined this summer after the expiration of his Hamburg contract.
Hoping to take over the playmaking reigns long-term from Kostic is new Frankfurt summer addition Mario Gotze, the former World Cup hero for Germany who joined during the current transfer window from Dutch side PSV, where he spent the last two seasons reigniting his career.
Look for 23-year-old Randal Kolo Muani to make an impact off the bench if starting striker Rafael Borre is struggling. The versatile French youth international was one of the few bright spots for Eintracht Frankfurt this past weekend in the 6-1 drubbing by Bayern Munich.
Eintracht Frankfurt projected starting lineup (3-4-2-1, right to left): Trapp (GK) — Toure, Tuta, Ndicka — Knauff, Rode, Sow, Alidou — Lindstrom, Gotze — Borre.
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Real Madrid vs. Eintracht Frankfurt betting pick & prediction Real Madrid are reliant on the presence of talismanic forward Karim Benzema to score goals, and the three preseason matches were proof. The Frenchman hit the ground running as soon as he returned from an extended summer break and Real Madrid reaped the benefits when he was back on the field.
Meanwhile, Eintracht Frankfurt are coming off conceding six goals to Bayern Munich over the weekend and the exit of now retired Austrian center-back Martin Hinteregger has left a void which Almamy Toure is attempting to fill. Last season Frankfurt's league struggles were not reflected in their Europa League run, but this is a new season.
These two teams seem naturally inclined to score goals and the Super Cup is a match that seems set up for goals. Over the last 10 editions of the single-elimination match, just one team has kept a clean sheet: Real Madrid in a 2-0 win over Sevilla in 2014. The odds also point to goals being scored.