No surprises but plenty of goals in Super Cup
The Helsinki Olympic Stadium hosts 2022's UEFA Super Cup final between perennial contenders Real Madrid and surprise entrants Eintracht Frankfurt, who won last term's Champions League and Europa League competitions respectively. Because of the later start than most contemporary leagues, this is effectively the final pre-season game for Los Blancos, who look set to follow in Bayern Munich's footsteps against their opponents' accommodating defence. Read our preview here:
The summer transfer window has been on the quieter side, with only Aurélien Tchouaméni and Antonio Rüdiger arriving at the Santiago Bernabéu. Both improve on an already formidable squad, with the former in particular being a big, youthful boost in a very experienced midfield. Neither are set to start the game, but could well be called upon in the second half, depending on the ebb and flow of the game. Vinícius Júnior is set to become increasingly important to Carlo Ancelotti's side from an already high base, and he should find plenty of space in behind the wing-back system employed by SGE.
Under the Lenz
Oliver Glasner would've expected his charges to at least be competitive against Bayern in their Bundesliga opener, but were instead hit for six in their own backyard. Whilst even fewer neutrals anticipate them to provide a shock on Wednesday night, they'll need to be tighter across the park to prevent a similarly ugly scoreline. With Filip Kostić joining Juventus imminently and centre back Evan Ndicka set to follow his teammate to Serie A, Christopher Lenz could get the nod at left wing-back. The 27 year old has been firmly second choice since his transfer from Union Berlin a year ago, but will get a high profile opportunity to impress against the more cautious Ernesto Valverde out wide.
betway have odds of 2.75 for over 3.5 goals in the regulation 90 minutes.