Inter Milan vs Atletico Madrid – European Super Cup – Match Preview and Betting Tips

Inter Milan take on Spanish side Atletico Madrid in the European Super Cup on Friday night in Monaco. The European Super Cup is contested every year by the winner of the Champions League and the winner of the Europa League. Will Inter Milan manage to take home a 5th successive title, after their treble last season and last weeks win in the Italian Supercoppa, or will Atletico Madrid manage to surprise everyone and take home the trophy?. Read our full match preview and our betting tips for the game tonight between Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.

Inter Milan Teams News

Rafa Benitez replaced Jose Mourinho as manager of Inter Milan in the summer after Mourinho left the club for Real Madrid, and Benitez will have a tough task keeping the high standards that Mourinho has set at Internazionale. This said he had a good start at his new club and won his first competitive game last week, when he led Inter Milan to the Italian Super Cup by beating fierce rivals Roma 3-1 with striker Samuel Eto’o looking particularly sharp as evidenced by his two goals.

However prior to tonights match and despite being labelled as favourites for the Super Cup, Benitez was not optimistic in evaluating the team’s current form to the press. “Our physical condition is not exactly the best…. For this match we have not had much time to prepare.”

Despite these comments Benitez will be eager to add yet another trophy to Inter Milan’s already impressive collection. Benitez has named a 21 match squad for the game and will have a full team to select from except for Thiago Motta and Davide Santon, who are both carrying knocks.

Atletico Madrid Team News

Last year, in his debut season, Quique Sanchez Flores led Atletico Madrid to the Europa League title, where they lifted the cup after beating Fulham in extra time. It was Atletico Madrid’s first European trophy since 1962, but their great season was not a coincidence and Flores also managed to lead Atletico to the Copa del Rey final, where they were defeated by Sevilla.

However the cup success last season was also accompanied with a somewhat mediocre league campaign for Atletico, as they only managed to finish 9th in the Spanish League. While winning the title in Spain would seem like mission impossible this season for them, Atletico Madrid will be very eager to add another European Cup to their cabinet and continue their success from last season.

There is good news for Flores on the injury front as World Cup Golden Boot winner Diego Forlan and Argentinean Sergio Aguero are both fit and ready to lead the attack, while Flores will give former Arsenal midfield player Fran Merida his debut. Sergio Asenjo, Borja Gonzalez, Juanito, Koke and Alberto Perea are all unavailable for the game and have been left out of the 21 man squad by the manager tonight.

Match Preview and Prediction

Overall it could be a very tight game tonight, and it is interesting to note that the teams have never faced each other before in a competitive game. Furthermore neither team has ever won the Super Cup and is looking to create history tonight. We feel that while both teams excel offensively, Atletico Madrid have had a lot of defensive problems after selling John Heitinga to Everton. Since then they have struggled to replace him and have been unable to build a strong defensive unit. With Samuel Eto’o being in top form and given more attacking responsibility this year by Benitez, we feel Inter Milan will have too much firepower for the weak Spanish defence, which could very well turn out to a deciding factor tonight

Match Betting Tips

Our betting tips will be Inter Milan to win at odds 1.85 at William Hill Sports
In addition we pick Samuel Eto’o to score first goal at odds 5.5 at William Hill Sports

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