The European football is back. Last year’s Champions League winners Bayern Munich will face the Europa League holders Sevilla in the 2020 edition of the UEFA Super Cup at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.
Football Today – UEFA Super Cup
Bayern Munich vs Sevilla
Date: Thursday, 24 September 2020
Kick-Off: 20:00 UK time
Venue: Puskas Arena, Budapest
The Bavarians sealed their sixth-ever European title in the 2019/20 Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain. It was Bayern’s first European triumph since 2013 when Jupp Heynckes team at the time got the better of Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund in the final at Wembley.
Despite Bayern’s impressive achievements on Europe’s biggest stage, Sevilla are not far behind the German champions in terms of European glory. The Andalusian club has won four of the last seven Europa League finals, including the most recent one, holding a record for the most titles in the competition – six.
Recent form – Bayern Munich
The reigning German champions started their 2020/21 Bundesliga campaign with a thumping 8-0 win over Schalke 04. It was Bayern’s 23rd consecutive victory in all competitions. The Bavarians are yet to lose a competitive match in 2020, with their last defeat dating back to December 2019, in a game against Borussia Monchengladbach.
Bayern have scored at least one goal for 23 consecutive matches, averaging 3.1 goals per game. They have also kept a clean sheet in the last three matches and were first to score in the last ten.
Last season, the Bundesliga champions were the first team ever to have won every single game in the Champions League. The Germans also averaged a remarkable 3.8 goals per game.
Last five matches: WWWWW
Recent form – Sevilla
Sevilla remain only one of the four teams to have yet kicked-off their 2020/21 La Liga campaign. Last season’s Europa League winners were given an extended rest period for their European outings in August.
Just like their opponents Bayern, Julien Lopetegui’s side has not had a taste of defeat for a very long time. Sevilla are unbeaten for 23 consecutive matches, with the last competitive defeat recorded back in February in a game against Celta Vigo.
Sevilla have found the back of the net at least once for seven matches in a row, averaging 1.7 goals per game since their defeat against Celta Vigo. However, unlike Bayern, Sevilla have failed to keep a clean sheet in the last four competitive matches.
Sevilla have won eight of their last 11 European matches, having averaged 1.8 goals per game in the Europa League last season.
Last five matches: WWWWW
Watch UEFA Super Cup Football Live on TV and Free Live Stream in UK
The free of charge live stream of the UEFA Super Cup match between Bayern Munich and Sevilla will be available here.
Bayern Munich vs Sevilla – previous meetings
Despite their European success, there is not a great deal of history between the two sides in UEFA competitions. To this day, both teams have met each other only twice in the 2017/18 Champions League quarterfinals.
Back then, it was the Germans who got the better of their Spanish opponents having secured a 2-1 win on aggregate.
Bayern Munich vs Sevilla – team news and predicted line-ups
Bayern come into this game with no major injury concerns. The most recent signing, defender Tanguy Kouassi, and the French winger Kingsley Coman are the only guaranteed absentees for this match.
David Alaba will be racing to be fit and is likely to be involved in the starting line-up.
Bayern possible XI (4-3-3): Neuer; Lucas Hernandez, Boateng, Alaba, Davies; Goretzka, Kimmich; Sané, Müller, Gnabry; Lewandowski.
Sevilla, on the other hand, have lost their two key players in this transfer window – Ever Banega and Sergio Reguilon. Additionally, defenders Sebastien Corchia and Pablo Perez are not deemed fit to play and will have to sit this one out, while Sevilla’s forward Munir El Haddadi is in quarantine.
Sevilla possible XI (4-3-3): Bounou; Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Escudero; Rakitić, Fernando, Jordán; Suso, En-Nesyri, Ocampos.
Lewandowski and Gnabry vs de Jong and Ocampos
Goals win games and there are no better players for scoring goals in football than strikers. Below, we present a brief comparison of both teams’ best striker partnership from last season.
Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry were the main force behind Bayern’s relentless attack last season. Between the two they have scored 46 goals out of 100 Bayern scored in the Bundesliga in total. Lewandowski had the scoring frequency of 81 minutes (Europe’s best), with Gnabry getting himself on a scoresheet every 184 minutes. Additionally, they have also added another 24 goals combined in the Champions League, making it 56% of total Bayern’s goal contribution in Europe’s elite competition.
Luuk de Jong and Lucas Ocampos are Bayern’s duo main striker rivals. In the 2019/20 La Liga season, de Jong and Ocampos together scored 20 out of Sevilla’s 54 goals in total (37% contribution). The Dutchman recorded the scoring frequency of 364 minutes, while his Argentine teammate needed half as many minutes punishing the opposition’s goalkeeper every 197 minutes.
In the Europa League, both forwards were less influential, scoring only two goals combined on the route to the final. However, de Jong was the one who made the headlines after scoring twice in the final against Inter Milan, securing Sevilla’s fourth Europa League title in seven seasons.
Football match predictions
Bayern Munich 3-1 Sevilla